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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 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:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az igazság malmai See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Eccleston's nephew Peter played Derek Bentley as a child. Peter's sister Rebecca also has a part in this movie. 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

Derek Bentley: I went National Service Medical yesterday.
Chris Craig: Yeah?
Derek Bentley: They said I was sub normal.
Chris Craig: You ain't sub normal, Del- you ain't normal, but you ain't sub normal.
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Connections

Version of To Encourage the Others (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

You Belong to Me
Composed by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart
Performed by Jo Stafford
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Some real facts (dont think these are in the films credits)
16 March 2005 | by Reedy1976See all my reviews

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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