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In the hands of Peter Morgan (writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon), the intertwined lives of a child murderess and an English lord become what can only be described as a moral thriller--a suspenseful story of evil and forgiveness. The Earl of Longford (Jim Broadbent, Iris, Topsy-Turvy) has devoted himself to helping prisoners. When he receives a letter from Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton, In America, Minority Report), he doesn't hesitate, though his wife argues that some crimes are beyond redemption; Hindley and her lover Ian Brady kidnapped and brutally murdered several children in Manchester, and their names provoke the same gut response that Jeffrey Dahmer's might prompt in America. But after meeting Hindley, Longford becomes convinced that she was under Brady's sway and fights for her parole, despite resistance from the media, the public, and his own family. Longford is riveting. In the hands of this fantastic cast (including Lindsay Duncan, Rome, as Longford's wife, and Andy Serkis, King Kong, in a chilling turn as Brady), Morgan's skillful script bubbles and seethes with hidden motives and self-deceptions. Broadbent's complete transformation into a man whose compassion and good intentions threaten to destroy him, coupled with Morton's astonishing vulnerability, give Longford a remarkable multilayered complexity, contrasting the committed faith of the advocate with the equally committed obsession of the serial murderer. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Lindsay Duncan, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Tom Hooper
  • Writers: Peter Morgan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NY0YJU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2007
Format: DVD
The Myra Hindley/Ian Brady `Saddleworth Moors murders' of 1963 to 1965, one of the most heinous crime series in England since Jack the Ripper, has been beautifully transcribed to the screen by writer Peter Morgan and Director Tom Hooper. And though the story is basically about Longford's relationship with the incarcerated Myra Hindley, the film paints a rather complete portrait of a strange man who vacillated during his lifetime among religious beliefs and spoke out strongly for the rights of prisoners and 'unfortunates' who fall out of line with the law all the while riling against pornography and other vices.

Jim Broadbent creates a wholly credible Lord Longford in this amazing performance. Transformed physically to resemble Longford's bizarre appearance, Broadbent manages to convey the spectrum of trust, self-doubt, pity, outrage, compassion and blind religious belief in a manner few actors could match. The remainder of the cast is equally excellent: Samantha Morton finds every nook and cranny of the enigmatic murderess Myra while Andy Serkis gives a chilling depiction of Ian Brady, her accomplice who knew how to manipulate the government and people as well as the infamously wily Myra.

The story is in many ways grounded by the strong forces of Lady Longford (beautifully realized by Lindsay Duncan) and the Lady Tree of Sarah Crowden and Harold Wilson of Robert Pugh. Hooper knows how to magnify the class differences between the gentry and the working class and his choices of locations and pacing of confrontations both in the prison and in the home and in the court are spot on.

This is one of those films for television that teaches us what really fine films can still be. It is a tremendously moving piece of work and Jim Broadbent will long be remember for this classic role. Highly recommended for repeated viewing. Grady Harp, March 07
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Well, writer Peter Morgan is certainly having a banner year. Having written screenplays that helped win Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker Oscars (for "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland" respectively), he has also penned "Longford." "Longford," first broadcast in the US on HBO, will almost certainly create Emmy buzz for its star, Jim Broadbent, come the end of the TV season. So as you might expect from his previous works, then, Morgan's "Longford" is a literate character study based on real events. The infamous "Moors Murders," a series of child killings that plagued England in the mid-sixties, was the basis for sending Myra Hindley and her paramour to prison. Hindley, played by Samantha Morton, was reviled by the populace--but when she contacted an elderly aristocrat named Lord Longford to visit her, he did. Longford (Broadbent) was an activist for prisoner's rights and sought to reform and redeem the less fortunate. Forming an unlikely, and unpopular, friendship with Hindley--Longford soon becomes a chief advocate in helping her seek parole. The film creates a noteworthy psychological interplay between the two, and demonstrates Longford's commitments to his ideals--even in challenging ethical situations.

I felt, throughout the production, that I was supposed to be drawing relevant parallels to the modern world. But I was never able to take "Longford" at anything other than face value. It's an interesting portrait of a man who championed unlikely causes. It's a look at a bit of British history that is distinguished by one notable individual who stood up for his principles when it was not in fashion to do so. Ultimately, Longford's naivete and guilelessness coexist with his well-meaning nature--and that is his undoing.
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At the beginning of the 20th Century, Progress was the idea that could

not be denied. The material and psychological troubles that had plagued

humankind since the dawn of time were now to be vanquished for good

and those odd medieval ideas about good/evil and the immortality of the

soul were soon to be tossed upon the dustbin of history like so many other

artifacts of the past.

Lord Longford was a man of old fashioned ideas and beliefs.

His conversion to Catholicism lead him to take the teachings of

Christ with absolute sincerity. One of his religious duties, he felt,

was to visit prisoners. This is how he came to meet Myra Hindley.

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley should have been hung for the crimes

they committed between 1962 and 1965. Fortunately or unfortunately

for them - Capital Punishment had been brought to and end shortly

after had been arrested for the Moor Murders. Ian and Myra had

enticed/forced at least 5 children from the Manchester area into their rented car and either taken them back to their apartment or directly

to the Moors - where they tortured the children and killed them -

either way burying their bodies in the Moors.

At their Trial, Ian claimed that he was the actual murderer and that

Myra had ony helped him entice the children into his hands.

Lord Longford meets Myra and comes to believe that she does not deserve

to spend the rest of her life in prison. Myra, evidently, accepts Christ

into her life and Longford is lead to believe that she has truly

repented of all her crimes and should be given a parole date.
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