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Let Him Have It (1991)

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston) falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig (Paul Reynolds), a teenager with a fondness for American ... 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 (Christopher Eccleston) falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig (Paul Reynolds), 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.

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Crime | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

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

In the scene where Bentley is signing the letter to his family you can see that he is writing in upper case, but when it shows his name in close up it is in lower case. See more »

Quotes

Chris Craig: I suppose you're gonna go too are ya?
Vincent Montgomery: Yeah, I think I might, this is a botch job!
Chris Craig: Some gang we are.
[grabs Monty's shirt collar]
Chris Craig: Off you fuck then!
[slaps him]
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Soundtracks

You Belong to Me
Composed by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart
Performed by Jo Stafford
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A wonderful piece of work- riveting and unsettling.
14 December 1999 | by rosie125See all my reviews

This is a brilliant film. If you've ever heard of this case but not identified with it, or think that justice is always done in court, WATCH THIS FILM. I watched it and struggled not to cry- even as a fictional story it would be moving, but the fact that it is real makes it even more poignant. The shots are brilliant too and this makes it one of the best political films I have ever seen. This film will force you to rethink your views on capital punishment.


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