Victim (1961)

In its time, this movie was considered as daring a film as had ever been made in England. Dirk Bogarde plays a lawyer who agrees to defend a friend on a theft charge. What set this film apart is that the lawyer had once been his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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TIME Magazine

[Victim] has a careful performance by Bogarde, and it pursues with eloquence and conviction the case against an antiquated statute.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The very fact that homosexuality as a condition is presented honestly and unsensationally, with due regard for the dilemma and the pathos, makes this an extraordinary film.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Though a tad dated and tame by today's standards, this 1961 drama was not only ground-breaking in its depiction of homosexuality, but it also marked the occasion when Dirk Bogarde broke free from his popular matinée idol image.

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Variety Staff

Bogarde is subtle, sensitive and strong. Syms handles a difficult role with delicacy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Recent critics find Victim timid in its treatment of homosexuality, but viewed in the context of Great Britain in 1961, it's a film of courage.

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Peter Bradshaw

What a gripping film -- melodramatic and self-conscious, yes, but forthright and bold.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

There are many pleasures to be found in the quirky supporting cast, expressive, noir-style lighting and an effectively suspenseful opening.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

[Victim] is a snapshot of social history that has dated in the past 40 years. But it is well worth watching for Dirk Bogarde's superb performance.

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Andrew Pulver

Impeccably liberal, weirdly restrained and, aside from anything else, a fascinating historical document.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Will we ever stop trying to legislate morality? A brave role for Bogarde.
Eric Broome
This brave, if somewhat dour, film dramatizes the persecution of homosexuals in '60s England. The Web tells me that homosexuality was not only frowned upon… More
jay nixon
Groundbreaking in it's time and still a strong film today, excellent performances particularly Bogard's.
Sylvester Kuo
A powerful film about the incrimination of homosexuality in Britain, Bogarde plays a closeted attorney who tries to find out who is blackmailing the gay men in… More
Cindy I
A man risking his career to expose a blackmailer is the focus of this story. Interesting enough, and more so because the risk is a barrister being exposed as a… More
Audrey Lush
Released in 1961, this movie actually dealt with the taboo topic of homosexuality and is credited with influencing the 1969 repeal of the laws against… More