Longford

2006 NR 1h 30m DVD

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Longford

2006 NR 1h 30m DVD
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In Tom Hooper's film based on true events, Jim Broadbent stars as Lord Longford, a devout Catholic whose controversial pursuit to rehabilitate convicted murderer Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton) drew outrage from the British public. While Hindley served a life sentence for murdering children, Longford spent decades championing for her second chance. The made-for-TV movie garnered four Emmy nods, including ones for Broadbent and Morton.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Samantha Morton
  • Lindsay Duncan
  • Andy Serkis
  • Kate Miles
  • Robert Pugh
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that a subplot involves Lord Longford's investigations into the effects of pornography, and he is shown personally visiting adult bookstores, a peep show with topless dancers, and reading through pornographic magazines. There is rough language in a prison setting, with use of "s--t" and "f--k." A true-life child-killing murder spree is discussed (thankfully, not in gory forensic detail) as the ultimate in ghastly horror, and scenes of the vengeful parents are apparently actual news clips. A key character smokes frequently; it is shown to have dire effects on her health, though. The DVD, originally a movie for British TV, carries a "TV-MA" rating.

Sexual Content

Toplessness, suggestive dancing and glimpses of naked centerfolds in pornographic magazines, during Lord Longford's anti-porn investigation. Allusions to sexual components in the serial killers' relationships and their victims, but we're spared clinical details.

Violence

We never see anything, though there is talk of past murders and threats of retaliation killing.

Language

"F--k" and "s--t" in the prison environment, plus a woman is called a "bitch."

Social Behavior

Even though this can be taken as a cautionary tale, about Lord Longford's being too forgiving and trusting, he still comes across as a strong example of an upper-class gentleman who tries to use his high position and advantages in life to make a better existence for society's worst outcasts and sinners. Also, the largely unrepentant Hindley and Brady aren't glamorized, as fictional serial killers have come to be.

Consumerism

A few references to British TV programs, books, and magazines of the era.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Myra Hindley chain smokes (ultimately it impacts her health severely, though she still doesn't quit). Social drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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