With the four short words of the film's title - "Let him have it" - Derek Bentley, an epileptic 19-year-old with the mental age of 11 thanks to a childhood head injury, unwittingly - or so this film would have it - condemned himself to death and British legal history over the shooting of a policeman back in 1952. For it was these words, argued the prosecution in the infamous Craig/Bentley murder trial, which prompted Bentley's more worldly, younger and thoroughly rotten acquaintance, Chris Craig
Let Him Have It is strongest in the human interest department and weakest as a thriller : Craig and Bentley's final rooftop shootout recalls the type of half-baked reconstruction beloved of CrimeWatch UK while their climactic murder trial has all the dramatic tension of serving jury service on a dog-fouling offence.
Reviewed by Phillipa Bloom
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