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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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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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In the scene with Craig and Bentley by the railway line, the approaching train is pulled by engine 76079. This is a former British Railways 'Class 4MT' locomotive which wasn't introduced into service until 1953 - after Derek Bentley's death. See more »

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Chris Craig: I suppose you're gonna go too are ya?
Vincent Montgomery: Yeah, I think I might, this is a botch job!
Chris Craig: Some gang we are.
[grabs Monty's shirt collar]
Chris Craig: Off you fuck then!
[slaps him]
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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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