Let Him Have It - UK/France/Netherlands (1991), directed by Peter Medak. Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), an 19 year old with a low IQ, is hanged for a murder committed by another person, Chris Craig (Paul Reynolds). Based on a true story in which a 19-year-old boy was executed, but posthumously exonerated in 1953. The Conservative government, worried by growing violence in the post-war period, had decided to "make an example" of Bentley, the last person to be hanged in Britain. With Tom Courtenay and Eileen Atkins as his parents, and Clare Holman as his sister.
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BBC News: Let him have justice, say campaigners
After 45 years campaigners for Derek Bentley, the last man to hang in Britain, are hoping his name will finally be cleared this week by the Court of Appeal. (July 19, 1998)
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