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A Life for a Life (1998)

| Drama | TV Movie
A moving dramatisation of a 1970s UK miscarraige of justice, centred around Stefan Khizcho, and his mother's subsequent battle for his freedom.



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Credited cast:
John Bleasdale ...
Magdalena Buznea ...
Alreda Tosic
Vicky Connett ...
Maxine (as Victoria Connett)
Charlotte Kiszko
Kevin Dyer ...
DC Rochdale
Tim Hans ...
Jim Gregory
David Kellett ...
Rochdale Policeman
Judi Lamb ...
Jeffrey Longmore ...
Bob Mason ...
D.S. Akeroyd
Stefan Kiszko
Joanna McGowan ...
Inland Revenue Woman
Tony Pritchard ...
Campbell Malone


A moving dramatisation of a 1970s UK miscarraige of justice, centred around Stefan Khizcho, and his mother's subsequent battle for his freedom.

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Harrowing - A lasting impression
15 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I watched this film some years ago and it has stayed with me ever since such was the scope of the sheer level of injustice suffered by Stefan Kiszko. I think it is the worst type of human being that takes advantage of someone not properly able to fight their corner. A young child against an adult, a woman against a violent man or a shy or mentally challenged man against a strong and manipulative and devious fellow adult. This was Stefan's fate. So I presume you know the story, a man accused of murdering a young girl, he did not do it but for the police his face fitted. I suppose that a miscarriage of justice can be forgiven if there are unfortunate circumstances, being at the wrong place at the wrong time or bearing an uncanny likeness to the real perpetrator. But in Stefan Kiszko's case he was the subject of prejudice. If he had been a tall dark handsome man then three girls would not be accusing him of exposing himself to them. Or the police would not have considered him a suspect in the first place and then even if they had they would have released him when clear evidence showed that he was not the murderer. But Stefan was not tall dark and handsome, he was tall and fat and a bit of a bumble, seen as a man who could not get a girl down to charm and good looks and therefore resorting to kidnap and murder to satisfy his sexual urges. This film touched me deeply because in the wrong situation Stefan could be any one of us. An earlier comment suggests that this film could have been more hard hitting. I disagree this film told the story well and putting more emphasis on the treatment of Stefan may have allowed us to forget that a young girl was killed in a most brutal way. Anybody following the news will now know that the real killer has been brought to justice so I would suggest that now is a good time to remind the public of Stefan Kiszko with a postscript at the end of the programme letting the watcher know that the real killer is now behind bars.

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