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Trailers from Hell Says ‘Let Him Have It’

Trailers from Hell Says 'Let Him Have It'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Brian Trenchard-Smith rediscovers another dark Brit drama about the death penalty, “Let Him Have It,” starring Christopher Eccleston as the real-life murderer of a policeman.

The hangman Albert Pierrepoint (of “Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman”) makes a small but important appearance in Peter Medek’s 1991 film about the controversial 1953 execution of Derek Bentley for the murder of a policeman (even though Bentley merely egged on the actual shooter with the phrase, “Let him have it.”) The film stars Christopher Eccleston as the doomed Bentley, Tom Courtenay as his father and a supporting cast featuring a who’s who of British character actors including Edward Hardwicke (Watson of BBC’s “Sherlock Holmes”), Michael Gough (“Horror of Dracula”) and Clive Revill (“The Legend of Hell House”) as the executioner Pierrepoint. Even though Bentley’s words “Let him have it ” were ambiguous when the policeman demanded the shooter hand over the gun, the jury, under prejudicial instruction from the judge, decided the words meant “Shoot him!”

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