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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 movies. Chris and Derek's ... See full summary »

Director:

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 movies. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the case which would forever shake the United Kingdom'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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

Chris Craig (age 16) is still at school. In the early 50's the minimum school leaving age is 15. Only academically minded pupils (which Craig is not) would have stayed on later. See more »

Quotes

Denis Bentley: [picks up worm] Dad look what I found.
William Bentley: That's nice, son.
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Connections

References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Birdland Jump
Composed by Robert Ellen
Performed by Paul Quinichette
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An excellent film!
4 June 1999 | by golden-6See all my reviews

I rented this movie with not very high expectations, but I was extremely surprised. It was a truly great movie with good acting. I recommend this movie to anybody who liked "Dead Man Walking" or any other crime/drama movie. This movie was great!


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az igazság malmai See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,088, 8 December 1991

Gross USA:

$88,686

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,686
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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