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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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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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Dolby

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Color

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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

Prior to his execution, Bentley is wearing a tie, which hangman Pierrepoint removes. British protocol was that the condemned would be given their own clothes to wear on the morning of execution, but NOT a collar (they were detachable back then) and definitely NOT a tie. See more »

Quotes

Chris Craig: [about his brother's girlfriend] You know I could square it with Niv if you want a shot at her, I don't suppose he'd mind, not if you're a pal of mine.
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References House of Dracula (1945) See more »

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As I Live and Bop
Composed and performed by Stan Getz
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A shocking portrayal of the Death Penalty in 50's England
10 November 2002 | by venushuntersSee all my reviews

A shocking portrayal of the use of the Death Penalty in the United Kingdom during the 1950's. A mentally unstable young man with epilepsy called Derek Bentley faces the gallows for a crime he did not commit, While the accomplice, Christopher Craig, who did fire the fatal shot, only serves time at Her Majesties Pleasure. In reality Christopher Craig only served 10 years while Derek Bentley had his life taken away. A gritty drama telling of Bentley and Craig's criminal exploits in South London shortly after the war.


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