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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... William Bentley
... Lillian Bentley
Rebecca Eccleston ... Iris aged 10
Peter Eccleston ... Derek aged 8
Craig Turner ... Derek aged 14
P.J. Nicholas ... First Boy in Shed (as PJ Nicolas)
Bret Walker ... Second Boy in Shed
... Nightwatchman
... Derek Bentley
... Approved School Principal (as Edward Hardwick)
... Iris Bentley
Daniel Brazier ... Boy in Fairview Road
... Denis Bentley
... Chris Craig
... 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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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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January 1992 (USA)  »

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Az igazság malmai  »

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The comic book used in the film is a 1970s reprint of an authentic U.S. comic of the period (probably the EC title Shock Suspenstories #12 with a cover date of Dec 1953/Jan 1954). The front cover and contents would have been virtually identical to the original, but the back cover of the U.S. original would have had a period advertisement rather than the single comics panel on the reprint, as shown in the movie. See more »

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When the telly was switched on to watch What's My Line?, the picture and sound appeared within two or three seconds. An early 1950's TV would require at least 15-20 seconds to warm up. See more »

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Derek Bentley: Let him have it, Chris!
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Let Him Have It
Original music composed and performed by Michael Kamen, featuring Ed Shearmur(as Edward Shearmur)
EMI Music Distribution
(P) & © 1992 Virgin Records
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Some real facts (dont think these are in the films credits)
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Eventually, in 1993 the then Home Secretary Michael Howard granted Bentley a partial pardon, saying it was clear he should never have been hanged but he remained guilty of taking part in the murder.

Iris Bentley (Dereks mother) died in 1997 before the case was referred back to the Appeal Court.

In 1998 the Appeal Court quashed Bentley's conviction on the grounds the original trial judge was biased against the defendants and misdirected the jury on points of law.

Scientific evidence also showed the three police officers who testified about Bentley shouting "Let him have it" had lied under oath.

Craig served 10 years before being released.


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