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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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This was Norman Rossington's final film before his death on May 21, 1999 at the age of 70. See more »

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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 »

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Lawyer: Are you a good shot?
Chris Craig: [hesitates] No.
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References My Death Is a Mockery (1952) See more »

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Wheel Of Fortune
Written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss
Performed by Kay Starr
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A chilling tale
22 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

I did not know about this case before I watched this film, but the synopsis on the back of the video case was so compelling I had to rent it. I did not expect to be emotionally involved but it was hard to keep from shouting at the TV screen that it's unfair. The system portrayed seemed almost hellbent on sending Derek to the gallows, guilty or not. Even when evidence seem tainted or appeared to cast doubts on the veracity of some of the testimonies, the only cry ringing out was that a cop was killed and someone's blood must be spilled in revenge. It is chilling to know that sometimes justice can be blinded when emotions are involved, showing how important it must be to fully understand the implications before imposing any penalties which cannot be reversed even if desired.


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