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Longford (2006)

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writer:

Peter Morgan
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Boardman ... Talk Show Host
Jim Broadbent ... Lord Longford
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Roy
Lindsay Duncan ... Lady Elizabeth Longford
Kate Miles ... Rachel Pakenham
Sarah Crowden ... Lady Tree
Robert Pugh ... Harold Wilson
Caroline Clegg Caroline Clegg ... Longford's Secretary
Samantha Morton ... Myra Hindley
Alex Blake ... Paddy Pakenham
Roy Barber Roy Barber ... Father Kahle
Ian Connaughton Ian Connaughton ... Reporter
Charlotte West-Oram Charlotte West-Oram ... Downing Street Secretary (as Charlotte West Oram)
Roy Carruthers Roy Carruthers ... Albany Prison Officer
Andy Serkis ... Ian Brady
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Storyline

Biopic of Lord Longford, known for many years for his work with prisoners and prisoners rights in general. The film focuses on Longford's work on behalf of Myra Hindley convicted, along with her boyfriend Ian Brady, of several child murders. Hindley is nothing short of notorious and even Longord's wife is shocked when he announces that he will visit her in prison. When Prime Minister Harold Wilson removes him as the Government Leader in the House of Lords soon after his visits to Hindley are made public, Longford continues to work for her release. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Longford sees hope for Hindley when he learns that she too once converted to Catholicism. In the end, his campaign to get her released on parole is for naught when she reveals that other murders took place. Longford stood by his convictions however and never regretted the good work he had done over a great many years. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The only thing more shocking than her crime was his crusade to free her.


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Moormörderin von Manchester See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To look as much as possible like the real Lord Longford, Jim Broadbent wore a prosthetic nose and chin that took two hours to apply each day. A prison guard who had known the real Lord Longford was once very startled when Broadbent entered the prison door in costume. To make himself walk very slowly and lamely when Longford sees Myra Hindley for the last time in the movie (when the character is 92 years old), Broadbent put small, painful stones inside his shoes. See more »

Goofs

Opening scene: clock in radio studio reads 2:17; radio host announces time check as 2:15. Same scene at end of movie: clock is the same, radio host's time check is 2:20. See more »

Quotes

Lord Longford: Hello Myra, is this the nightie you wanted, I couldn't remember what colour you asked for.
Myra Hindley: It's great thanks
[quietly]
Lord Longford: Now the business.
Myra Hindley: Frank.
Lord Longford: I have a friend on the parole board
Myra Hindley: _Frank.
Lord Longford: ...who tells me your application will be considered next month, now if that goes well and all things being equal the national
Myra Hindley: _Frank enough.
[Inhales cigarette slowly]
[...]
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Featured in The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) See more »

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A superb piece of challenging television.
28 October 2006 | by mimi-137See all my reviews

I thought this was one of the most powerful pieces of television drama I have seen for a long time. It rates up there both in content, production and fantastic casting and acting with the wonderful Conspiracy (Ken Branagh and others a few years back). I wonder if Longford may come to be seen as Jim Broadbent's finest portrayal. It bears many more than one viewings and I think (as I did of an earlier drama programme this year about the Moors Murders) that it is brave and correct for skilled directors/writers etc to tackle this incredibly difficult subject. Well done to all involved and I look forward to the next project coming from this talented team.


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