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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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Stella
Peter Jonfield ...
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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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January 1992 (USA)  »

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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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Prior to his execution, Bentley is wearing a tie, which hangman Pierrepoint removes. British protocol was that the condemned would be given their own clothes to wear on the morning of execution, but NOT a collar (they were detachable back then) and definitely NOT a tie. See more »

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Chris Craig: [to police] Come on then you fuckers, I'm only 16!
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References White Heat (1949) See more »

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Let Him Have It
Original music composed and performed by Michael Kamen, featuring Ed Shearmur(as Edward Shearmur)
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(P) & © 1992 Virgin Records
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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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