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.
Beginning with Bentley's (Chris Eccleston) childhood in war-torn England, the film depicts his hardships and deprivations, as well as the class demarcations that help make Derek, a brain-damaged epileptic, an outcast. With the prevailing mores weakened by the sordidness and meanness of a world in
flux, there is a proliferation of guns. Lethal weapons are traded by schoolboys as c...