Bent (1997)

Sean Mathias directed this screen adaptation of Martin Sherman's award-winning play about the persecution of homosexuals by Nazis during World War II. In Germany, the Nazi party's program of genocide against any and all perceived… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: November 26, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2010
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

The screen version of Sherman's play about homosexuals in Nazi Germany shows that tyro director Mathias doesn't know much about film for his erratic approach and inconsistent style bring out the play's weaknesses, though the acting is good.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Stylized yet substantive drama about the plight of homosexuals in the Holocaust.

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Brandon Judell

brave, brilliantly effective movie which has the added bonus of a crinkled Mick Jagger singing in drag while swinging from a ceiling.

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Bob Satuloff
Film Journal International

Remains more a theatrical work than a cinematic one--but its dramatic story, powerful theme and historical importance are undeniable.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Tired of gay rights movies and Holocaust flicks? This is both, but it still enthralls.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Strange story but powerful none the less. Ian McKellen is perfect for the role. Clive Owen gives a surprisingly strong performance, but I'm not sure… More
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Hot Gay Sex List Commentary:<br/>This is a rarity for this list, as there is only a smudgeon of explicit sex in it (at the very beginning), but it… More
Cynthia S.
Certainly well-intentioned, and definitely with some moving moments, but unfortunately this film (based on the stage play) is extremely stagey and rather… More
Robert C
If you decide to watch this, keep in mind it is based on a play. So much of the set design feels very theatrical, running from avant-garde/eclectic in the… More
Thomas Johnston
I am sorry to be so negative about a concentration camp movie featuring gays. I really do not know what could have made the story seem relevant. It seemed to… More
Sylvester Kuo
Bent takes a look inside the concentration camp for the homosexuals and how the prisoners tried to survive in extremely harsh conditions. My only problem with… More