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Directed by Sean Mathias
Produced by Michael Solinger
Dixie Linder
Written by Martin Sherman
(play & screenplay)
Starring Clive Owen
Lothaire Bluteau
Ian McKellen
Brian Webber II
Mick Jagger
Jude Law
Music by Phillip Glass
Cinematography Yorgos Arvanitis
Editing by Isabelle Lorente
Release date(s) 11 / 26 / 1997
Running time 108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Bent is a 1997 film directed by Sean Mathias based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman. It revolves around the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany after the murder of Sturmabteilung leader Ernst Röhm.



Max (Clive Owen), a promiscuous gay man in 1930s Berlin, is at odds with his wealthy family because of his homosexuality. One evening, much to the resentment of his boyfriend Rudy (Brian Webber II), he brings home a handsome Sturmabteilung man. Unfortunately, Hitler has just decided to get rid of the Sturmabteilung corps, which was infamous for same-sex inclinations among its ranks. The Sturmabteilung man is discovered and killed by SS men in Max and Rudy's apartment, and the two have to flee Berlin .

Max's uncle Freddie (Ian McKellen) has organized new papers for Max, but Max refuses to leave his friend behind. As a result, Max and Rudy are found and arrested by the Gestapo and put on a train headed for Dachau.

On the train, Rudy is brutally beaten by the guards and, as he calls out to Max when he is taken away. Max lies to the guards, denying he is gay. He believes his chances for survival in the camp will be better if he is not assigned the pink triangle. Instead he accepts the yellow star.

In the camp, Max befriends Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), who shows him the dignity that lies in acknowledging what one believes in. After Horst dies (when a guard orders him to the electric fence), Max is ordered to bury him. When the guards have left, Max puts on Horst's jacket with the pink triangle and commits suicide by grabbing the fence as well.


  • Clive Owen ... Max
  • Brian Webber II ... Rudy
  • Lothaire Bluteau ... Horst
  • Ian McKellen ... Uncle Freddie
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Wolf (as Nikolaj Waldau)
  • Mick Jagger ... Greta / George
  • Jude Law ... Stormtrooper
  • Gresby Nash ... Waiter
  • Suzanne Bertish ... Half-woman, half-man
  • David Meyer ... Gestapo man
  • Stefan Marling ... SS Captain
  • Richard Laing ... SS guard
  • Crispian Belfrage ... SS guard
  • Johanna Kirby ... Muttering woman
  • David Phelan ... Fluff in park
  • Peter Stark ... Guard on train 1
  • Rupert Graves ... Officer on Train
  • Charlie Watts ... Guard on train 2
  • Holly Davidson ... Girl on train
  • Rupert Penry-Jones ... Guard on road
  • Paul Kynman ... Corporal
  • Paul Bettany ... Captain
  • Wayne McGregor


  • 1997: Won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival
  • 1998: Won Best Feature Film in the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


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