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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 »


Peter Medak

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... William Bentley
Eileen Atkins ... Lillian Bentley
Rebecca Eccleston Rebecca Eccleston ... Iris aged 10
Peter Eccleston Peter Eccleston ... Derek aged 8
Craig Turner Craig Turner ... Derek aged 14
P.J. Nicholas P.J. Nicholas ... First Boy in Shed (as PJ Nicolas)
Bret Walker Bret Walker ... Second Boy in Shed
Walter Sparrow ... Nightwatchman
Christopher Eccleston ... Derek Bentley
Edward Hardwicke ... Approved School Principal (as Edward Hardwick)
Clare Holman ... Iris Bentley
Daniel Brazier Daniel Brazier ... Boy in Fairview Road
Ben Brazier ... Denis Bentley
Paul Reynolds ... Chris Craig
Serena Scott Thomas ... Stella


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.


Crime | Drama | History

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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France | UK



Release Date:

January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az igazság malmai See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Original director Alex Cox was replaced by Peter Medak because Cox wanted to film in black and white. See more »


The Robinson-LaMotta title fight (2-14-51) was 60 days before Truman relieved MacArthur of his command - -both reported in the same news bulletin on the shortwave radio. That was followed by "Wheel of Fortune" by Kay Starr, which was not released until a year later (February '52). See more »


Chris Craig: [after jumping off the roof and falling through a glass ceiling to escape police] I wish I was fuckin' dead... I woulda killed the fuckin' lot of ya!
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Version of To Encourage the Others (1972) See more »


Birdland Jump
Composed by Robert Ellen
Performed by Paul Quinichette
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Compelling true life drama
22 December 2007 | by cmccarthy-13See all my reviews

Convincing performances and a reasonably unbiased approach to the facts make this an intense and compelling true life film. Neither Derek Bentley or Christopher Craig are portrayed as being all good or all bad. Derek is vulnerable and just wants to fit in with the 'gang' but goes about it in all the wrong ways and Chris whilst being the more hardened of the two still cries over his brothers imprisonment.

Whatever your views on the death penalty this film will make you stop and think. Its supporters will be forced to see the issue in a new light and those who campaigned for its abolition will have their views reaffirmed.This is not an easy film to watch but it is well worth it and the conclusion will stay with you for a very long time.

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