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''Victim'' has been widely credited with impacting British support of gay rights. None other than Lord Arran, who introduced the legislation repealing the Criminal Offences Act, wrote Bogarde praising the film as helping to create a climate where such reform was possible. Vito Russo, author of ''Film/TheCelluloidCloset'', singled ''Victim'' out as the first film he watched which didn't make him ashamed to be gay.

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''Victim'' has been widely credited with impacting British support of gay rights. None other than Lord Arran, who introduced the legislation repealing the Criminal Offences Act, wrote Bogarde praising the film as helping to create a climate where such reform was possible. Vito Russo, ''Film/TheCelluloidCloset'' author of ''Film/TheCelluloidCloset'', Vito Russo singled ''Victim'' out as the first film he watched which that didn't make him feel ashamed to be gay.


A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Syms, and Dennis Price, ''Victim'' centres around a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde), who puts his thriving career, his marriage, and his freedom at risk by taking on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.

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A groundbreaking British neo-[[FilmNoir noir]] suspense film, thriller, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Syms, and Dennis Price, ''Victim'' centres around a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde), who puts his thriving career, his marriage, and his freedom at risk by taking on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.


A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Syms, and Dennis Price, ''Victim'' centres around a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde), who puts his marriage, his thriving career, and his freedom at risk by taking on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.

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A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Syms, and Dennis Price, ''Victim'' centres around a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde), who puts his marriage, his thriving career, his marriage, and his freedom at risk by taking on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.


A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Syms, and Dennis Price, about a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde) who puts his marriage, his thriving career, and his freedom at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.

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A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Syms, and Dennis Price, about ''Victim'' centres around a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde) (Bogarde), who puts his marriage, his thriving career, and his freedom at risk when he takes by taking on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.


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Originally released in 1961 (six years before homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK), the film was highly controversial, earned an "X" rating from the British censors (modern releases have been labelled "[=PG=]"), and was for a time banned in the United States.

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Originally released in 1961 (six years before homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK), United Kingdom), the film was highly controversial, earned earning an "X" rating from the British censors (modern releases have been labelled "[=PG=]"), "[=PG=]") and was getting banned for a time banned in the United States.


A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Sims, and Dennis Price, about a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde) who puts his marriage, his thriving career, and his freedom at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.

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A groundbreaking British suspense film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Sims, Syms, and Dennis Price, about a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde) who puts his marriage, his thriving career, and his freedom at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men.


Notable as the first film to use the term "homosexual," thanks to Dirk Bogarde, who refused Basil Dearden's suggestion of "inverts" as a euphemism and rewrote several scenes himself. It's worth noting that [[AuthorAppeal Bogarde himself was gay]], and considered ''Victim'' an extremely personal project.

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Notable as the first film to use the term "homosexual," "homosexual", thanks to Dirk Bogarde, who refused Basil Dearden's suggestion of "inverts" as a euphemism and rewrote several scenes himself. It's worth noting that [[AuthorAppeal Bogarde himself was gay]], and considered ''Victim'' an extremely personal project.

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->''"Well, it used to be witches. At least they don't burn you."''


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A groundbreaking British suspense film about Melville Farr (Creator/DirkBogarde), a closeted gay barrister who puts his marriage and his thriving career at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men. Directed by Basil Dearden of ''Sapphire'' and ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.

Originally released in 1961, six years before homosexuality was decriminalised in the United Kingdom, the film was highly controversial, earned an "X" rating from the British censors (modern releases have been labelled "[=PG=]"), and was for a time banned in the United States.

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A groundbreaking British suspense film film, directed by Basil Dearden (''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'') and starring Creator/DirkBogarde, Sylvia Sims, and Dennis Price, about Melville Farr (Creator/DirkBogarde), a closeted gay barrister named Melville Farr (Bogarde) who puts his marriage and marriage, his thriving career career, and his freedom at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men. Directed by Basil Dearden of ''Sapphire'' and ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.

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Originally released in 1961, six 1961 (six years before homosexuality was decriminalised in the United Kingdom, UK), the film was highly controversial, earned an "X" rating from the British censors (modern releases have been labelled "[=PG=]"), and was for a time banned in the United States.


* HeteronormativeCrusader: [[spoiler:Miss Benham]] is motivated not just by profit while blackmailing gay men, but intense homophobia, saying they deserve it for their behavior.

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* HeteronormativeCrusader: HeteronormativeCrusader:
** Sergeant Bridie goes on a rant against homosexuality, opposing its decriminalization. [[NobleBigotWithABadge It doesn't stop him]] from pursuing blackmailers extorting closeted gay men though.
** The barkeeper is clear on not liking homosexuality at all, though he still amiably serves gay men.
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[[spoiler:Miss Benham]] is motivated not just by profit while blackmailing gay men, but intense homophobia, saying they deserve it for their behavior.behavior.


* IncompatibleOrientation: Laura Farr can't stop loving her husband, despite her gradual realisation that he can never return her feelings.

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* HeteronormativeCrusader: [[spoiler:Miss Benham]] is motivated not just by profit while blackmailing gay men, but intense homophobia, saying they deserve it for their behavior.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Laura Farr can't stop loving her husband, despite her gradual realisation realization that he can never return her feelings.


* TheBeard: Laura Farr.

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* %%* TheBeard: Laura Farr.


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* {{Gayngst}}: The film is positively overflowing with gayngst. This is justified in that it was made when male homosexuality was still a criminal offense in Britain, while the whole plot involves gay men being blackmailed for the fact as a result. The film was a plea to end crimiminalization so they wouldn't undergo this.


A groundbreaking British suspense film about Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde), a closeted gay barrister who puts his marriage and his thriving career at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men. Directed by Basil Dearden of ''Sapphire'' and ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.

Originally released in 1961, six years before homosexuality was decriminalised in the United Kingdom, the film was highly controversial, earned an "X" rating from the British censors (modern releases have been labelled "[=PG=]") and was for a time banned in the United States.

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A groundbreaking British suspense film about Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde), (Creator/DirkBogarde), a closeted gay barrister who puts his marriage and his thriving career at risk when he takes on a ring of blackmailers targeting gay men. Directed by Basil Dearden of ''Sapphire'' and ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.

Originally released in 1961, six years before homosexuality was decriminalised in the United Kingdom, the film was highly controversial, earned an "X" rating from the British censors (modern releases have been labelled "[=PG=]") "[=PG=]"), and was for a time banned in the United States.



* NobleBigotWithABadge: Sergeant Bridie is outspokenly homophobic, but that doesn't stop him doing his utmost to bring the blackmailing ring to justice.

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* NobleBigotWithABadge: Sergeant Bridie is outspokenly homophobic, but that doesn't stop him from doing his utmost to bring the blackmailing ring to justice.


* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted. The main character is a middle-aged lawyer.


* {{Blackmail}}: Gays are being being blackmailed for their illegal activities.

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* {{Blackmail}}: Gays are being being blackmailed for their illegal activities. homosexual activities.
* BuryYourGays: "Boy" Barret kills himself rather than reveal his lover's involvement with him, as it could ruin his life and career.



* GayAesop: The anti-homophobia message dropped like an Anvil so heavily, it is part of the reason homosexuality was decriminalized in Britain.

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* GayAesop: The anti-homophobia message dropped like an Anvil anvil so heavily, it is part of the reason homosexuality was homosexual relations were decriminalized in Britain.



* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Calloway the actor is an {{Expy}} of Creator/NoelCoward.

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* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted.
Averted. The main character is a middle-aged lawyer.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Calloway the actor is an {{Expy}} {{expy}} of Creator/NoelCoward.



* ThereShouldBeALaw: Or rather, there should ''not''.

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* ThereShouldBeALaw: Or rather, {{Inverted}}-the film's clear message is there should ''not''.''not'' be one criminalizing homosexual relations, as it only leads to gay men getting blackmailed as they're forcibly stuck in the closet.

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