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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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Crime | Drama | History

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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January 1992 (USA)  »

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Az igazság malmai  »

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The comic book used in the film is a 1970s reprint of an authentic U.S. comic of the period (probably the EC title Shock Suspenstories #12 with a cover date of Dec 1953/Jan 1954). The front cover and contents would have been virtually identical to the original, but the back cover of the U.S. original would have had a period advertisement rather than the single comics panel on the reprint, as shown in the movie. See more »

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William Bentley tells his son that no-one had been hanged in the 20th century where the jury recommended mercy and the Judge agreed. He may have been trying to comfort his son, but the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment (1953) Cmd 8932, note 5 on page 11, states that there had been six such cases in England and one in Scotland between 1900 and 1949 when this had happened. See more »

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Derek Bentley: You soft or something?
Chris Craig: [points gun at Derek's face] Is that soft?
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Wheel Of Fortune
Written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss
Performed by Kay Starr
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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The best argument against the death penalty
3 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A better argument against the death penalty you will not see. A shameful episode in the recent history of Great Britain. Anyone who wants the return of the death penalty in this country should take the time to watch this film.

Some of the acting performances in this film are truly immense. The film-makers do a great job in recreating the dark gloomy streets of 1950's London. Having watched this film it is hard to see why the two young actors in the lead roles never went on to star in many more motion pictures. To summarise there are no real weaknesses in the telling of this tragic tale, I Would recommend this film to all who want to watch a powerful emotional story.


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