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.
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- Tom Hooper
- This movie is
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette.
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.
- We never see anything, though there is talk of past murders and threats of retaliation killing.
- "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.
- 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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it