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Victim (1961)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 11 October 1961 (Denmark)
The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against a number of gay men in 1960s London.

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Cast

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Melville Farr
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Laura
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Calloway
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Lord Fullbrook
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Paul Mandrake
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Harold Doe
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Barrett
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Eddy
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Sandy Youth
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Det.Inspector Harris
John Cairney ...
Bridie
Alan MacNaughtan ...
Scott Hankin
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Phip
Frank Pettitt ...
Barman (as Frank Pettit)
Mavis Villiers ...
Madge
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A plea for reform of England's anti-sodomy statutes, this film pits Melville Farr, a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man (who is being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr's car. After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men being extorted for money by the same blackmailer. The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris considers the sodomy law nothing more than an aid to blackmailers, and helps Farr in calling his blackmailer's bluff. The movie, far ahead of its time, ends with Farr and his wife coming to terms with his homosexuality after the public exposure he faces in the blackmailer's trial. Written by Mike Mills <mills@colorado.edu>

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A Daring Picture About the World's Most Un-talked About Subject. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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11 October 1961 (Denmark)  »

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Teufelskreis  »

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£153,756 (estimated)
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Trivia

Unusually, the many scenes in the pub were all filmed in a real public house, not an interior set on a sound stage. The pub in question was The Salisbury, a famous Victorian gin palace situated on the corner of Cecil Court and St Martin's Lane, next to the Albery Theatre (where "Oliver" was playing at the time; the posters can be glimpsed in some scenes). This pub was a famous gay pub for decades especially popular with actors, until the brewery installed a new management team in the early 1980s and it was turned into a tourist pub and ceased to be gay-friendly. However its original interior features remain and one can still see the ornate lamps, doors, mirrors as they appear in the film. It was undoubtedly chosen because it would be immediately well-known to gay people who would see this film and would have been familiar to many of the gay actors who appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

Camera shadow moves onto Madge's coat as it pushes in closer from behind after Eddy leaves the bar. See more »

Quotes

Detective Inspector Harris: Someone once called this law against homosexuality the blackmailer's charter.
Melville Farr: Is that how you feel about it?
Detective Inspector Harris: I'm a policeman, sir. I don't have feelings.
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Referenced in Rescued from the Closet (2001) See more »

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Long Stringy Baby
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Written by Trevor Peacock
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A unique, intelligent film.
7 December 1999 | by (Rock Forest, Quebec) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful drama\thriller about the pursuit of truth, no matter the cost. Still interesting after nearly 40 years. Bogarde, as the noble lawyer, with a past, is excellent. Victim is an intelligently written film which will keep you watching until the end.


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