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Year: 1961
UK: Park Circus Films
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls, Peter Copley, Norman Bird, John Barrie, Peter McEnery, Nigel Stock, Donald Churchill, Derren Nesbitt, John Cairney, Alan MacNaughtan, Nigel Stock, Frank Pettit, Mavis Villiers, Charles Lloyd Pack, Hilton Edwards, David Evans, Noel Howlett, Margaret Diamond, Alan Howard, Dawn Beret
Director: Basil Dearden
Country: UK
UK: 100 mins
UK: Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
UK Release Date: 29 July 2005 (Limited Re-release - London, ICA)
UK Distributor

A newly restored print of Basil Dearden's ground-breaking thriller, first released in 1961. With its location shooting, noir lighting and doomed, trapped characters, the film was instrumental in paving the way for the legalisation of homosexuality in Britain.

Dirk Bogarde, Britain's revered matinee idol, risked his career to portray Melville Farr, a closeted gay lawyer at a time when homosexual acts were a crime. When his former lover Jack (Peter McEnery) is blackmailed, Farr who is married agrees to investigate. The case is complicated by his fear of exposure and a sudden mysterious death.

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