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Explain the Differences and Similarities between "10 Rillington Place" and "Let Him Have It".

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Explain the Differences and Similarities between "10 Rillington Place" and "Let Him Have It". There are a number of similarities and differences between the two crime cases of John Christie/Timothy Evans and Derek Bentley/Christopher Craig, on which the two films, "10 Rillington Place" and "Let Him Have It" were based on. To begin with, I will state the similarities. The most obvious similarity between the two cases is the fact that the use of ambiguity led both Derek Bentley and Timothy Evans to a fatal death sentence, even though they did not commit murder. They both were completely innocent of murder, but were sentenced to death by hanging, whilst the actual murderers still escaped the death sentence (Christie at first got away, but as he confessed his murders later, he too was too hung.) ...read more.

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Also, both the cases consisted of one older person being involved, and one younger. In "10 Rillington Place", Christie was the older one and Evans the younger, whereas in "Let Him Have It", Derek Bentley was the older one and Chris Craig the younger. However, in "Let Him Have It", Derek Bentley, the older defendant, had been sentenced to death, whereas in "10 Rillington Place", Timothy Evans, the younger one, had been sentenced. This is one of the many notable differences, which I will explain. An apparent difference is that in "Let Him Have It", Craig, the murderer, survives as he's only 16, even though he confessed all his criminal offences. This is so as he is under-age to be sentenced to death. None of the killers in the other film/case survived. ...read more.

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the other is a teenager who carried weapons around, stole and got into all sorts of trouble with the law, simply just because he wanted to emulate the role of an American gangster. In conclusion, the cases of the four main characters in the films "Let Him Have It" and "10 Rillington Place" do consist of several major significant similarities, as well as differences. Although both the number of differences and the number of similarities are about equal, I still personally think that both films'/case's main concept is the same, and that they are more alike than different. However, there are differences that appear to separate them into two different categories/genres; "Let Him Have It" is portrayed as more of an action gangster film, and the actual case and story was more dramatic than "10 Rillington Place", which is portrayed as more of a thriller and mystery case/film. ...read more.

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