Let Him Have It

Let Him Have It

Peter Medak (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Peter Medak followed his crime biopic The Krays with another cause célèbre torn from past headlines. The Derek Bentley case remains as much a classic crusading appeal against capital punishment today as it was back in 1952, when the mentally disabled teenage epileptic stood accused of inciting the shooting of a cop after a bungled factory burglary. With drab-chic production, Christopher Eccleston's marvellous central performance and a pop nostalgia soundtrack, the odious miscarriage of justice comes vividly to life to scandalise anew those unfamiliar with the true facts.


Fact-based drama about the controversial 1952 murder trial in which 19-year-old Derek Bentley was sentenced to be hanged for killing a policeman - even though his friend Chris Craig was the one who fired the fatal gunshot. Starring Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Courtenay, Eileen Atkins, Tom Bell and Mark McGann.

Cast & Crew

Derek Bentley Christopher Eccleston
Chris Craig Paul Reynolds
William Bentley Tom Courtenay
Fairfax Tom Bell
Lilian Bentley Eileen Atkins
Iris Bentley Clare Holman
Niven Craig Mark McGann
Lord Goddard Michael Gough
Stella Serena Scott Thomas
Niven's judge Ronald Fraser
Jack, the warder Michael Elphick
Director Peter Medak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First Independent Films LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD