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Let Him Have It (1991)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  January 1992 (USA)
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In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship... See full summary »

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In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake England's belief in capital punishment. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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The shocking story of an unbelievable miscarriage of justice.

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Serena Scott Thomas (Stella) later played Dr. Molly Warmflash in The World Is Not Enough (1999), which was also written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. See more »

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In the closing aerial shot, zooming down to ground level just after Bentley has been executed, in the next street above the Bentley home there are visible several modern saloon cars from the 1980s, although this is 35 years after the events depicted See more »

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William Bentley: Have you been with that Craig?
Derek Bentley: Did he come round here?
William Bentley: Yeah.
Derek Bentley: Don't worry about him, dad, he's just barmy that's all.
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Very well made, but not a cheerful film.
9 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The case of Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig is perhaps one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in the UK. 'Let Him Have It', directed by Peter Medak tells the whole story in full, right up to the terrible death of Bentley. The film is predominantly set in the year 1952. Derek Bentley, aged nineteen, has had a difficult life from the beginning. The film begins by telling us a little about Derek's early life. We see that he suffers from learning difficulties and epilepsy, and often falls prey to temptation, getting into crime and gangs. He is caught, and spends most of his teenage years in an approved school. The film then jumps forward a further four years, and we finally meet the main Derek, aged nineteen, played by Christopher Eccleston. He soon meets Christopher Craig, and joins him as a friend. Throughout the first half of the film, we follow Bentley as he is drawn into a life of petty crime. This leads up to the grand climax of the film, the famous break-in which eventually turned into a murder scene. What follows, is a long and emotional journey through the weeks after Bentley is sentenced to death. As part of the English GCSE syllabus, we have been watching this film as part of our media review project. I can't say I enjoyed it - it has a very depressing and upsetting plot line - but it was a very well made and interesting portrayal of the story.


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