February 17, 2020
Dirk Bogarde gives a brave and compelling performance as a prominent British barrister blackmailed for his closeted homosexuality. A landmark film!
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Dirk Bogarde gives a compelling performance as a British barrister blackmailed for his closeted homosexuality. This suspenseful thriller is also a landmark of queer cinema; not only was it the first British film to use the word "homosexual," it triggered a campaign to overturn the national law which held homosexuality to be a punishable offense. Sylvia Syms tops a fine supporting cast as Bogarde's loyal wife, a role of complexity and compassion.
- Director: Basil Dearden
- Principal Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: 1961
- Running Time: 96 minutes
- Producer: Michael Relph
- Cinematographers: Otto Heller
- Language: English
- Format: 35mm