In an extraordinary performance, Dirk Bogarde plays a married barrister who is one of a large group of closeted London men who become targets of a blackmailer. Basil Dearden’s unmistakably political taboo buster was one of the first films to address homophobia head-on, a cry of protest against British laws forbidding homosexuality, and a sobering indictment of social intolerance and puritanism.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Further elevated by a strong central performance from Dirk Bogarde, Victim offers an eloquent and emotionally affecting argument against prejudice.
Cast & Crew
- The Criterion Collection
- © 1961 Carlton Film Distributors. All rights reserved.
- English (Stereo)
- Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing refer to subtitles in the original language with the addition of relevant nondialogue information.