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Victim [Blu-ray]
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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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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 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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on 27 April 2017
Excellent movie by Dirk Bogarde
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on 17 August 2017
Iconic and still very good for its time
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on 29 June 2017
Very pleased
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on 20 April 2017
Great film
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on 15 April 2017
Very good
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on 6 September 2017
great
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