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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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Peter Medak
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | History

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az igazság malmai See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1990 book "Let Him Have It, Chris" by British author and history teacher, M.J Trow. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chris Craig: [picking up Derek's comic] Hey I like these. You got good taste.
Vincent Montgomery: Or he can't read, like you.
Chris Craig: [in American accent] Hey! Shut ya mouth college boy!
Vincent Montgomery: [also in American accent] You gonna make me, wise guy?
Chris Craig: I'll make ya!
[mimes shooting him]
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Connections

References My Death Is a Mockery (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Wheel Of Fortune
Written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss
Performed by Kay Starr
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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The best argument against the death penalty
3 August 2008 | by waynethgSee all my reviews

A better argument against the death penalty you will not see. A shameful episode in the recent history of Great Britain. Anyone who wants the return of the death penalty in this country should take the time to watch this film.

Some of the acting performances in this film are truly immense. The film-makers do a great job in recreating the dark gloomy streets of 1950's London. Having watched this film it is hard to see why the two young actors in the lead roles never went on to star in many more motion pictures. To summarise there are no real weaknesses in the telling of this tragic tale, I Would recommend this film to all who want to watch a powerful emotional story.


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