Victim (1961)
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Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Taglines: A Daring Picture About the World's Most Un-talked About Subject.

Director: Basil Dearden

Writers: Janet Green, John McCormick

Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls, ...

A plea for reform of England's anti-sodomy statutes, this film pits Melville Farr, a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man (who is being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr's car. After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men being extorted for money by the same blackmailer. The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris considers the sodomy law nothing more than an aid to blackmailers, and helps Farr in calling his blackmailer's bluff. The movie, far ahead of its time, ends with Farr and his wife coming to terms with his homosexuality after the public exposure he faces in the blackmailer's trial.

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