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Renowned British stage director Sean Mathias directs Martin Sherman's "powerful and provocative" (The New York Times) screenplay about one man's struggle to maintain his dignity while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Featuring exceptional performances by Lothaire Bluteau (Black Robe), Clive Owen (Gosford Park), Brian Webber, Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: TheFellowship of the Ring) and Mick Jagger, Bent will "grab filmgoers by the heart" (Rex Reed)! Max (Owen) is a handsome young man who, after a fateful tryst with a German soldier, is forced to run for his life. Pursued and captured, Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewishbecause in the eyes of the Nazis, gays are the lowest form of human being. But it takes a forbidden relationship with an openly gay prisoner to teach Max that without the love of another, life is not worth living.

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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger, Jude Law
  • Directors: Sean Mathias
  • Writers: Martin Sherman
  • Producers: Michael Solinger, Dixie Linder
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9KB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bent" on IMDb

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Eric K. VINE VOICE on June 18, 2003
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WOW. What an amazing story. Yes, we've all seen stories about Nazi Germany...and most have been very well done. Similar to "The Pianist," this story follows the life of one man as he's rounded up for a concentration camp. This story provides a unique twist on the treatment of those deemed unworthy in the eyes of the Nazi regime -- not because he's Jewish, but because he's gay. If anyone's ever wondered where the pink triangle became a symbol of the gay community, you'll find it here.
I won't go into details about the story because you can read that in the description. However, I will say that this was a VERY well made movie and finally captures a new side of the Nazi terrorism -- the plight of gays. Another plus is that the movie is story-driven rather than sex-driven like many gay movies. You'll actually get to know the characters and appreciate them for who they are...not who they do. Therefore, I highly recommend this movie for gay and straight viewers.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By JGC on April 8, 2007
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BENT has an all-star cast that stars British actor ("Derailed" star), Clive Owen as the movie's resident hero and lost soul, Max. Music legend, Mick Jagger has a small part playing a female impersonator who disappears after the first 15 minutes. Lothaire Bluteau plays sentimental Horst, and Brian Webber is poor, innocent Rudy.

Even though the movie is ten years old I never heard of it until last week. It's still an awesome movie because it tells such a powerful story. BENT tells the tragic tale of two homosexual men in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany during the 30's. When I first heard of this movie I thought that BENT was a weird title. But I think that after watching it anyone will agree that it's a very appropriate title.

The first 30 minutes of the movie are somewhat slow-moving. It shows Berlin before Nazi Germany took over. As you know, during this time in Berlin men danced with men and women danced with women and all were free to be happy and gay. At first sight, it's almost reminiscent of the classic film, "Grand Hotel." And I soon wished that there would be some dialogue and something interesting to watch because it seemed like the beginning was really dragging on.

Max was a foolish man to bring home another man that he met the night before, Wolf (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.) Sadly, when the Nazis break in, Wolf's demise is quick and brutal.

Max and Rudy try to get out of Germany because they are both homosexual men living in a country that wants them treated in the most inhumane ways possible. In the concentration camps homosexual men are the very, very lowest of the low. So, Max and Rudy have to sleep in the woods, or as Rudy calls it, the "jungle" while they race for a way out of Germany.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on December 7, 2003
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When I first started reading film criticism, while still in my teens, I remember being, at first, surprised that and then understanding of why many critics were wary of films adapted from stage plays. At first blush, film seems to be a logical extension of the stage, but then when you take into account the unique aspects of both genres, you realize that they are, in many ways, worlds apart. Despite the cinema's (ever increasing) ability to create astonishing special effects, it is the more naturalistic of the two genres. A scene that takes place in the great outdoors can be shot in the great outdoors. With the camera focusing in for close-ups, actors don't have to rely on grand gestures or declamatory oration to convey their meaning.
The standard term among movie makers and their critics for the changes that have to be made to successfully adapt a stage play to the cinema is "opening it up." You have to get it off the stage and into the world. Sometimes it works, and sometimes they fall flat. But the cinematic beast is hungry for narrative and stage plays (along with novels, short stories, lesser known foreign films, and nowadays old comic strips and TV shows) continue to provide it fodder.
Everything I knew about the play BENT did not make it seem promising for film adaptation. I was wrong. Although I've never seen the stage version, one can almost envision it from watching the film. One can also pretty much guess what changes have been made, where things have been embellished and what cinematic tricks have been thrown in to spice things us. So that makes it pretty transparent, right? And therefore not such a great film.
Well, yes and no. The film doesn't achieve actual greatness, I suppose.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hodson VINE VOICE on August 14, 2005
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This film is definitely not for the faint-hearted, nor those who choose to see human beings as "good or bad" and situations as "black or white." The main character, Max, is a bit of a rotter at the start of the piece, played with an unapologetic grin by Clive Owen (the grin gradually fades and fractures). The film opens by cross-cutting between the morning after one hell of a night before, during which Max hung out with his wild friends in an orgiastic melee that included dancers of both (and some questionable) sexes, Mick Jagger as Greta, a singer who hangs over the group in a circular sit-down trapeze as she sings, cocaine-snorting storm troopers (costumed and genuine), and Max now waking to find a strange, lovely boy in his bed (the excellent Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of "Black Hawk Down" and "Wimbledon"), and his enraged live-in lover screaming at him. In the confusion of "what the hell happened last night--I don't remember", they are interrupted by Storm Troopers who slit the throat of this lovely one-night stand while Max and his lover run for their lives to Greta, who dresses them as respectable men, burns her wardrobes, and sends them on to get to safety as best they can. As this night obviously represents Max's usual M.O., his shallow self-interest is believable enough that much later, in Dachau, we watch him gentled by the first love of his life, Horst (played with quiet self-confidence by Lothaire Bluteau) with as much surprise and joy as Max himself seems to experience.Read more ›
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