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Let Him Have It

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Let Him Have It

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
115 minutes
performer:
Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Eileen Atkins, Serena Scott Thomas
distributor:
Columbia Tri-Star Home Video
author:
73922
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama, Historical

We gave it an A-

In 1952, in a case that still haunts the British conscience, 19-year-old Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston) was hanged for the murder of a policeman who had been shot while the unarmed Bentley was already in custody. Let Him Have It (made with the cooperation of Derek’s sister, Iris) looks at first like a standard postwar period piece, complete with ration coupons and a flashback to a London air raid, but becomes under the direction of Peter Medak (The Krays) a chiaroscuro drama of unstoppable tragedy. Full of God’s-eye-view overhead shots and close-ups of Eccleston’s endlessly expressive face, the film is only slightly cramped on video; in fact, the boxiness of the action on the small screen mimics the constricted nature of Derek Bentley’s short life. A-

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