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LET HIM HAVE IT, Paul Reynolds, 1991, (c) Fine Line Features

HIT: In a movie full of strong performances, one worth noting is that of Tom Courtenay, who plays Derek’s dad. William Bentley is a loyal, working-class Englishman forced to show astonishing bravery even as the institutions he has always believed in are letting him down. Three decades before Let Him Have It, Courtenay played a young man falsely accused in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

A look into a historical misappropriation of justice -- a kid, with his wannabe-gangster pal are trying to rob a warehouse, the latter has a gun, the former shouts, when a policeman approaches - "Let him have it...!". A statement that ultimately costs him his life. A statement that makes him accountable for a murder his friend commits - although the murder does not even happen directly after that fact, and even then, the murder of a different person.

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Let him have it (Motion picture)

A look into a historical misappropriation of justice -- a kid, with his wannabe-gangster pal are trying to rob a warehouse, the latter has a gun, the former shouts, when a policeman approaches - "Let him have it...!". A statement that ultimately costs him his life. A statement that makes him accountable for a murder his friend commits - although the murder does not even happen directly after that fact, and even then, the murder of a different person.

Capital punishment has concerned the judicial system and civil rights groups for decades. LET HIM HAVE IT, based on a 1952 case in England which ended in the hanging of young Derek Bentley, has an immediacy that is proved by recent renewals of arguments pro and con in Britain's courts.