Longford (2006)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  17 February 2007 (USA)
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A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Talk Show Host
Tam Dean Burn ...
Lady Elizabeth Longford
Rachel Pakenham
Lady Tree
Caroline Clegg ...
Longford's Secretary
Paddy Pakenham
Roy Barber ...
Father Kahle
Ian Connaughton ...
Charlotte West-Oram ...
Downing Street Secretary (as Charlotte West Oram)
Roy Carruthers ...
Albany Prison Officer


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 garykmcd

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The only thing more shocking than her crime was his crusade to free her.


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17 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Moormörderin von Manchester  »

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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 »


In the end scene we see Hindley with a packet of cigarettes. However, the packet has a health warning on it which was not introduced until 2004 - Myra Hindley died in 2002. See more »


Ian Brady: [at first seeing Lord Longford in prison] How good of you not to disappoint! Wonderful, isn't it, when people look *exactly* as you imagined? So this is my competition? This is what I'm up against? Myra's new boyfriend? She certainly picks them, doesn't she? I did a little research before our first meeting. I'd say there's great evidence of mental instability in your past and mine.
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Trust only in God
16 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Are there people who are more evil than the rest of us ? Are there people who are more good than the rest of us ?

Lord Longford, upon whom this movie is based, spent a good deal of his time trying to help prisoners in England. He eventually takes up the cause of Myra Hindley, who along with Ian Brady was convicted of torturing and murdering children children in the Manchester area of England and burying their bodies on the nearby Moors in the early 1960's.

Longford, himself a convert to Catholicism, believes that Myra, having returned to her childhood Catholicism, has the right to be considered to being paroled and petitions/protests upon her behalf.

Longford seems somewhat naive in his dealing with those who are more inclined to evil than he is, but he is not naive about how egotistical humans can be.

The acting and writing are superb - only wished the film had been longer so that we could understand Myra and Ian more, if that is possible.

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