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Bent, film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sean Mathias
Produced by Michael Solinger
Dixie Linder
Martin Sherman
Screenplay by Martin Sherman
Based on Bent by
Martin Sherman
Starring Clive Owen
Lothaire Bluteau
Ian McKellen
Brian Webber II
Mick Jagger
Music by Philip Glass
Cinematography Yorgos Arvanitis
Edited by Isabelle Lorente
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US DVD)
Release dates
  • 26 November 1997 (1997-11-26)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $496,059

Bent is a 1997 British/Japanese drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, who also wrote the screenplay. It revolves around the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany after the murder of SA leader Ernst Röhm on the Night of the Long Knives.


Max (Clive Owen) is a promiscuous gay man living in 1930s Berlin. He is at odds with his wealthy family because of his homosexuality. One evening, much to the resentment of his boyfriend, Rudy (Brian Webber II), Max brings home a handsome SA man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Unfortunately, he does so on the Night of the Long Knives, when Hitler ordered the assassination of upper echelon SA corps. 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 organised new papers for Max, but Max refuses to leave his boyfriend 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 to death by the guards. As Rudy calls out to Max when he is taken away, Max lies to the guards, denying he is gay. In the camp, Max falls in love with Horst (Lothaire Bluteau), who shows him the dignity that lies in acknowledging one's beliefs. After Horst's death, Max finds the courage to be true to himself, and takes his own life.



Bent has an overall approval rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


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


  1. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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