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on 3 February 2016
In my view this is Dirk Bogarde's finest hour as a London Barrister involved in trying to bring down a blackmailing operation. The film was very daring for it's time, and full credit therefore to Mr.Bogarde for taking on a potentially tricky role. However everyone in this film acquits themselves very well, with Sylvia Syms also excellent in a role that other actresses reputedly turned down. The film is now dated due to the enormous changes in attitudes and tolerances over the ensuing 55 years, but the quality of the writing and acting and the lovely period of early 1960's London captured make it for me one of my all time favourite films. The DVD quality is sharp and it contain a short interview with Dirk Bogarde. First class.
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on 6 April 2009
This is one of those classic British movies - and the film world would be a sadder place without it.

Faultlessly directed by Basil Dearden, it's a dark melodrama of unpleasant matters, mostly concerning the antiquated laws governing gay culture.

Remember that the film was made in 1961 - before the sexual revolution, and before homosexuality was decriminalised. In hushed tones, the press of the time would occasionally mention a 'subculture' or a 'twilight world' that respectable people wanted nothing to do with.

Well, in this brilliant and ultimately uplifting film, the most upstanding and right-thinking characters are brought face to face with things they would perhaps prefer not to admit.

Blackmail, fear, and obsession stalk the monochrome streets of London - and this film is endlessly absorbing.

There are plenty of surprises, some of them very touching, and the acting from the well-chosen cast is superb throughout. Dirk Bogarde is terrific as a lawyer about to reach the peak of his career - only to have his ambitions dashed by -

But that would spoil it. The plot is cleverer than that, and keeps you guessing.

Be glad this film is available on dvd in such a sumptuous print - it's one to return to again and again. Go buy.
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on 4 August 2011
Given the subject matter it is difficult to comprehend that this movie was made at all at that time let alone advocating a change in the law to decriminalise homosexuality. Especially for a mainstream film with a very well known and recognisable cast. I have read that it has been partly credited in bringing about a change in the laws which isn't surprising. It appears about 5 years ahead of it's time. It is well directed and brilliantly acted, Dirk Bogarde and Silvia Sims in particular. None of the gay characters are really stereotypes which is also unusual from this period. It is subtle is getting it's message across. The film is also very well scripted and is successful in maintaining tension and intrigue throughout. It works very well as a suspense film no matter what the subject. The viewer is given to think that they know who the protagonist is but when exposed, it comes as a surprise. All and all a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
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on 21 July 2017
A watershed film with fine performances all round. A truthful account of the pressures felt by gay men in the 50s and 60s when forced to lead a double life and closeted existence. It met with much hostility from the establishment when it first opened but opened the way for Gay life as we know it today. Uncomfortable history but a wonderful historical document and first class who dun it.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 August 2017
A splendid transfer of a groundbreaking film that is also an important piece of cultural history. Bogarde gives one of his finest ever performances in a chilling indictment of how gay people were treated not so long ago.
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on 10 April 2018
One of my favourite films with one of my favourite actors, Dirk Bogarde. Makes you really think about the truly cruel attitudes towards homosexuality not all that long ago.
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on 19 March 2014
I had forgotten how good Dirk Bogarde was.

This is a brilliant film. It is hard to imagine that it was filmed in 1961.
The sin that dare not speak its name with a film all to itself! This must have been quick discomforting to a British audience back then, but even now one can imagine the victims of blackmail feeling vulnerable in quite the same way.
It'd definitely worth watching if only for the top drawer names in acting!
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on 27 April 2017
Excellent movie by Dirk Bogarde
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on 8 February 2015
An early 60s film about homosexuality when it was outlawed with punishment and a Lawyers dilemma in dealing with blackmailers good acting from Dirk Bogarde in this film which I think was banned in America at the time because of the subject matter okay Blu-ray transfer
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on 26 January 2018
great film full of feeling old time classic
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