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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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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Mark McGann (Niven Craig) is the younger brother of Paul McGann, who played the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who (1996). In 2005, Christopher Eccleston (Derek Bentley) succeeded the elder McGann in the role, playing the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) during its first series. 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 »

Quotes

Derek Bentley: I went National Service Medical yesterday.
Chris Craig: Yeah?
Derek Bentley: They said I was sub normal.
Chris Craig: You ain't sub normal, Del- you ain't normal, but you ain't sub normal.
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References White Heat (1949) See more »

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A shocking portrayal of the Death Penalty in 50's England
10 November 2002 | by (Maine USA) – See all my reviews

A shocking portrayal of the use of the Death Penalty in the United Kingdom during the 1950's. A mentally unstable young man with epilepsy called Derek Bentley faces the gallows for a crime he did not commit, While the accomplice, Christopher Craig, who did fire the fatal shot, only serves time at Her Majesties Pleasure. In reality Christopher Craig only served 10 years while Derek Bentley had his life taken away. A gritty drama telling of Bentley and Craig's criminal exploits in South London shortly after the war.


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