Director: Basil Dearden Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price

DVD (Black & White)


In its time, Victim was considered as a daring a film as had ever been made in England. Taken at face value, Janet Green and John McCormick's screenplay is nothing new: Dirk Bogarde plays a lawyer who agrees to defend an old friend (John McEnery) on a theft charge, only to be enmeshed in a blackmailing scheme. What set this one apart is the fact that the lawyer had once been the male lover of his client. At a time when homosexuality was a criminal offense in England, any film that depicted the gay scene in a non-judgmental light was in for a rough time from the bluenose brigades. What really startled filmgoers of 1962 is that the homosexuals shown in Victim were seemingly normal, everyday blokes, a far cry from the stereotyped "nance" characters common to films. Denied the MPAA seal when it was released to the United States, Victim surprisingly ran into very little interference when it was released to television in the mid-1960s.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
UPC: 0037429167021
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Digital transfer enhanced for 16x9 televisions; "Dirk Bogarde in conversation" A filmed interview; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Melville Farr
Sylvia Syms Laura Farr
Dennis Price Calloway
Anthony Nicholls Lord Fullbrook
Peter Copley Paul Mandrake
Peter McEnery Jack Barrett
Norman Bird Harold Doe
Nigel Stock Phip
Donald Churchill Eddy Stone
Derren Nesbitt Sandy Youth
John Barrie Detective Inspector Harris
John Cairney Bridie
Alan MacNaughton Scott Hankin
Frank Pettitt Barman
Mavis Villiers Madge
Charles Lloyd Pack Henry
Hilton Edwards P.H.
David Evans Mickey
Noel Howlett William Patterson
Margaret Diamond Miss Benham
Alan Howard Frank
Dawn Beret Sylvie

Technical Credits
Basil Dearden Director
Philip Green Score Composer
Janet Green Screenwriter
John Guthridge Editor
Otto Heller Cinematographer
John McCormick Screenwriter
John McCormick Screenwriter
Michael Relph Producer
Alexander Vetchinsky Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title Sequence [1:58]
2. The Parcel [4:24]
3. Horrid Imaginings [4:10]
4. Ride Out of Town [4:39]
5. Capture [5:59]
6. Into His Own Hands [7:57]
7. The Photograph [4:14]
8. Fateful Decision [3:50]
9. Bartender's Screed [4:40]
10. The Barber [7:10]
11. Puzzle Pieces [5:24]
12. Protecting Me [5:40]
13. The Group Gathers [5:38]
14. Back At the Bar [4:44]
15. Tightening the Screws [4:46]
16. Brother's Morality [7:59]
17. Red Herring [3:37]
18. Pay-Off [8:25]
19. What the Future Holds [4:36]

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Victim 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ElaAvar More than 1 year ago
The fact that this movie portrayed gay men NOT as tippy toeing queens, but as ordinary men living ordinary lives makes this movie a must for any collection. The fact that it was made in the early 1960's in England makes this movie unbelievably BRILLIANT! The acting is not over the top. The story is one that doubtless was happening for real as it was being made. Probably still is going on today, sadly. The black and white film lends character to the story as light was used elegantly to display the scenes. I love this movie even as my heart breaks each time I watch it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago