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Longford (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Roy
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Lady Elizabeth Longford
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Rachel Pakenham
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Lady Tree
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Longford's Secretary
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Paddy Pakenham
Roy Barber ...
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Charlotte West-Oram ...
Downing Street Secretary (as Charlotte West Oram)
Roy Carruthers ...
Albany Prison Officer
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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)  »

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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 »

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

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Ian Brady: My hunger strike is a legitimate protest against the filthy conditions here.
Lord Longford: Then why don't you allow me to make representations to the Home Secretary on your behalf?
Ian Brady: Because I'm not *completely* insane! If I wanted to set my cause back a decade or two... if I wanted to be denied all exercise... if I wanted to have them piss in my food, as well as spit in it... *then* I'd ask a batty old pornography campaigner, "Myra Hindley's Whipping Boy," to make representations on my behalf.
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Well acted but low-key biopic
27 October 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Excellent if only for the quality of the acting. Broadbent succeeds in giving us an unexpected private view of a public figure (with a beautifully calibrated thirty year physical deterioration). In this he is brilliantly supported by Lindsay Duncan.

Andy Serkis' Brady is unremittingly foul and electrically charged with danger to boot. The most horrible thing is that his performance is simultaneously magnetic - a non-Guignol Hannibel Lecter. Best of all is Samantha Morton's Hindley: an almost schizophrenically duplicitous harpie, although one got the impression that the Jekyll & Hyde act was Hindley's character flaw, not a cunning affectation. A fearless performance from Morton.

The purpose of the drama? To rehabilitate the publicly maligned Longford I'd imagine. In this it was successful at putting its case, giving us a profile of the man in relief from tabloid-bias. But this was all - there were no big moral points to be made and I didn't feel the need to think closely about the crimes and criminals he brushed up against.


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