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Let Him Have It (1991)

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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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Az igazság malmai  »

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The film takes place in 1941, 1948, 1951, 1952 and 1953. See more »

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In the scene where Derek goes to Chris's house and Chris comes to the window, when Chris tells Derek to leave he draws the curtains and turns the light off. In the next shot in his room the light is on. See more »

Quotes

Chris Craig: [muttering in the middle of his trial] Should've killed that fucker as well.
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References Roseanna McCoy (1949) See more »

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Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Michael Kamen (Oboe)
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WOW....a HUGE injustice.
5 October 2004 | by (MURDER?!?) – See all my reviews

This just wasn't right. A 16 year old is given a 10 year sentence for shooting and fatally wounding a police officer while his friend who was IN POLICE CUSTODY at the time of the shooting gets death by hanging. All because he was 19 at the time and shouted "let him have it." First, there is no malice aforethought to justify murder. He did not want the police officer to be killed; in fact after the officer was killed he told his friend to give up the gun and surrender. At MOST he could be faced with an involuntary manslaughter charge with up to 10 years in prison (maybe not in 1952 Europe). This film was shocking. I urge anyone who has any interest in the law to watch this film. It was amazing well done and kept to the point that the law is the law even when it is wrong.


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