Peter Medak's Gain of the Viewer's Sympathy for Derek Bentley in the Film Let Him Have It

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Peter Medak's Gain of the Viewer's Sympathy for Derek Bentley in the Film Let Him Have It

The film 'Let Him Have it' is a powerful social drama based on a true story. The film's Director, Peter Medak, made this film in 1991 because he thought the judicial hanging of Derek Bentley in 1953 was a grave miscarriage of justice. Peter Medak, like many film directors, used his bias to show his sympathy to the viewers, probably in the hope that the he could pass his sympathy on to many people in order to influence their view. Bias is a tendency to support or oppose a particular person or thing in an unfair way by allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment.

By influencing the public view
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Craig gave Bentley a knife and a knuckle-duster, and Craig carried a similar knife along with an Eley revolver. They intended to break into a warehouse occupied by a firm called Parker & Barlow.

Craig and Bentley were spotted on the warehouse roof by a child whose mother notified the police. Bentley surrendered at once to DC Fairfax, the first police officer who arrived on the roof. When Craig aimed his gun at the officer, the officer asked Craig to surrender and hand over the gun. Bentley then yelled to Craig, "Let him have it, Chris." Craig then shot and wounded that DC Fairfax and later shot and killed a different officer, PC Miles.

Six weeks later, both Craig and Bentley were tried and convicted of the murder of PC Miles. The jury returned guilty verdicts on both youths with a recommendation for mercy in Bentley's case. Craig was sentenced to ten years in prison as he was he is too young to face the death penalty. Bentley was sentenced to death by hanging.

Although Derek Bentley did not have a gun and was already in police custody at the time of the shooting, the police claimed he was equally guilty of the crime because he supposedly incited his accomplice with the words 'Let him have it, Chris'. Many people have argued that these words actually meant let him have the gun and were not words of
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