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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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked that it was a complex terrible event and it was handled with tact and tenderness. But it didn't glorify the perpetrators at all.Published 3 months ago by Bernadette A. Gates
Horrific crime. Longford was a saint among sinners. The movie was interesting to a point although the subject matter is horrible. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TwoCentsTomlinson
The story was well told. Character development, excellent. Perfect casting job.Published 3 months ago by Chi-town
I thought it was a very thoughtfully done bio on Lord Longford, his deep Christian values and his belief that everybody even the worst murderers can be redeemed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CelticJaneite