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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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Christopher Eccleston's nephew Peter Eccleston plays Derek Bentley as a child. Peter's sister Rebecca Eccleston also has a part in the movie. See more »

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When Bentley and Craig climb over the gate, just before their ill-fated shootout, it appears that the stuntman for Craig is much bigger than he and it is possible that this stunt man is the same one used for Bentley's character as well. See more »

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Chris Craig: [to police] Come on then you fuckers, I'm only 16!
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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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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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A chilling tale
22 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I did not know about this case before I watched this film, but the synopsis on the back of the video case was so compelling I had to rent it. I did not expect to be emotionally involved but it was hard to keep from shouting at the TV screen that it's unfair. The system portrayed seemed almost hellbent on sending Derek to the gallows, guilty or not. Even when evidence seem tainted or appeared to cast doubts on the veracity of some of the testimonies, the only cry ringing out was that a cop was killed and someone's blood must be spilled in revenge. It is chilling to know that sometimes justice can be blinded when emotions are involved, showing how important it must be to fully understand the implications before imposing any penalties which cannot be reversed even if desired.


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