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  • Actors: Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Courtenay, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins
  • Directors: Peter Medak
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00024758O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The true story of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), hanged, aged 19, in the 1950s after a controversial decision holding him responsible for the murder of a police officer. Despite a history of mental illness, and with the court accepting that he did not actually pull the trigger, Bentley was still sentenced to death - on the basis that his ambiguous cry of 'let him have it!' caused his young accomplice to fire the fatal shot. The release of this film focused attention on the case once more, and Bentley eventually received a posthumous pardon.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 30 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Powerful film about one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in modern British history - the hanging of Derek Bentley. It's 1952 and the easily-led 19-year-old Bentley has fallen in with 16 year old Christopher Craig and his south London hoodlums. The pair rather haphazardly decide to rob a local butchers but are apprehended by the police. Bentley immediately gives himself up but Craig, full of anger after his brother's recent imprisonment, pulls out a gun and starts firing at the officers. The captured Bentley screams "let him have it Chris" but is he imploring Craig to hand over his gun or continue shooting? Craig fires the gun seriously wounding one officer and half-an-hour later kills another policeman before his capture.

Cue to the trial, Christopher Craig is found guilty of murder but is too young to hang whereas Bentley is astonishingly found guilty for his "let him have it" plea and a capital sentence is passed. Despite the jury's recommendation for leniency and a massive public outcry, the 19 year old with the IQ of a boy of 11 is sent to the gallows just one month later at Wandsworth prison.

Let Him Have It powerfully tells the story of this terrible travesty with a young Christopher Eccleston in the lead role. Some of the acting is a bit hammy but this doesn't really matter when the main purpose of the film is its message. The film also presents an interesting historical picture of life in urban Britain in the rationing years after the Second World War.

Derek Bentley's parents campaigned for his official pardon till their deaths in the 70s and, at the time of the movie's release in 1991, this still wasn't forthcoming.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This film, based upon a true story, illustrates the misapplication of the death penalty. In 1953 England, a slow-witted young man, Derek Bentley, was executed, hanged for his alleged part in the killing of a police officer. It was a case that received much notoriety at the time.
Derek Bentley (Chris Eccleston) was a learning disabled, young man who was easily led. His sister, Iris (Clare Holman), however, treated him like a regular bloke, and he thrived under her watchful eye. His steadfast, working class parents, William and Lilian Bentley (Tom Courtenay and Eileen Atkins), did everything they could to ensure that their son would stay on the straight and narrow. Still, boys will be boys, and one night, Derek, wanting to be one of the boys, simply hooked up with the wrong crowd who was up to no good. Although Derek was unarmed, another of the other boys was not, and when an inevitable clash with the police came about, a police officer was shot. Derek's by now famous words, "Let him have it", were the catalyst for his trial, conviction, and execution.
Notwithstanding Derek's learning disability, the ambiguity of the statement attributed to him, and his tangential involvement during the shootout with the police, Derek was given the death penalty. The draconian sentence was a heartbreaking blow to Derek and his family, as it was always Derek's position that he meant for the shooter to let the police have the gun. Nearly forty-five years later, after persistent efforts by his beloved sister, Iris, Derek was finally exonerated by the very courts that had earlier found him guilty. In reality, it was too little, too late, for Derek.
Chris Eccleston gives a bravura performance as the slow-witted Derek, compelling and moving.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2000
Format: DVD
This is a harrowing biography, following the life of Derek Bentley, from his childhood in the Blitz to the events which led to his wrongful conviction and hanging. Although uncomfortable to watch, the film manages to treat both the character and his family sympathetically. Any supporters of the death penalty, please note - this film will make you think again!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
Christopher Eccleston makes his film debut here portraying Derek Bentley, a retarded teenager who somehow became involved in a break in and attempted robbery at a warehouse with his friend Christopher Craig (played by Paul Reynolds)resulting in the death of a policeman (PC Miles) and another who is wounded (played by the late Tom Bell). The Derek Bentley case shocked a nation since Christopher Craig who actually fired the shots which killed the policeman and wounded another, was too young to hang. Therefore since the Establishment wanted its revenge, hanged Derek Bentley instead, despite the fact that he was already in police custody when the fatal shots were fired and that he had a mental age of 11 years. It is extremely difficult not to become emotionally involved watching this film since it was indeed one of those rare occasions in British Law that the law itself succeeded in making two wrongs make a right which of course should not have been so.

The film is also a tribute to Iris Bentley, Derek's sister (played by the lovely Claire Holman) who campaigned for many years to secure a pardon for Derek. The fact that she eventually succeeded before her own death from cancer should never be forgotten.

A thought provoking film, wonderfully acted and directed which needs to be seen.
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