Biopic of Lord Longford, known for many years for his work with prisoners and prisoners rights in general. The film focuses on Longford's work on behalf of Myra Hindley convicted, along with her boyfriend Ian Brady, of several child murders. Hindley is nothing short of notorious and even Longord's wife is shocked when he announces that he will visit her in prison. When Prime Minister Harold Wilson removes him as the Government Leader in the House of Lords soon after his visits to Hindley are made public, Longford continues to work for her release. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Longford sees hope for Hindley when he learns that she too once converted to Catholicism. In the end, his campaign to get her released on parole is for naught when she reveals that other murders took place. Longford stood by his convictions however and never regretted the good work he had done over a great many years. Written by
The only thing more shocking than her crime was his crusade to free her.
Did You Know?
To look as much as possible like the real Lord Longford, Jim Broadbent
wore a prosthetic nose and chin that took two hours to apply each day. A prison guard who had known the real Lord Longford was once very startled when Broadbent entered the prison door in costume. To make himself walk very slowly and lamely when Longford sees Myra Hindley for the last time in the movie (when the character is 92 years old), Broadbent put small, painful stones inside his shoes. See more
Opening scene: clock in radio studio reads 2:17; radio host announces time check as 2:15. Same scene at end of movie: clock is the same, radio host's time check is 2:20. See more
[walks into visiting room and looks down at very nervous young reporter seated at table
Fred Harrison! Top local reporter. Come on, lad, smile!
[beams down at him
This is your lucky day. You are about to get a story on the front page of every paper in the country.
[calmly sips coffee, puffs on cigarette
Word has reached me that Myra Hindley is being considered for parole.
I wasn't aware of that!
No, Fred. That's what makes it an "exclusive." Turn on your tape recorder, there's a...