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...Hindley made him dance like a puppet.

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im excited about it

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I saw it last night and it did show how Hindley fooled Longford, and admitted it when she knew she was dieing.

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Felt sorry for Lord Longford, he was a foolish but good man.

Cry God for Harry, England and St George

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Hindley made a complete arse of the man. Slagging him off in her letters to Brady and then dumping him when it looked like others could get her out instead.

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I don't have any background on this other than what I saw in the film and read very superficially on the internet, but I feel that Jim Broadbent's interpretation of Longford doesn't portray him as foolish at all. I think he was just a man who operated more on faith than reason. It's very easy to pass the deeply religious off as weak-minded or naive Pangloss-y types, but actually I think it seems like it would be much more difficult to stick to your convictions and belief in redemption in a world like ours. I myself am not a very spiritually oriented person at this point in my life and have nowhere near the kind of faith that Longford's character seems to have had in people, but I admire him nonetheless.

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I disagree with you. I don't think that Lord Longford was "being played" or was a puppet at all.

Rather, I believe the film showed him to be a caring and compassionate human being. One who chose to look past peoples' negatives and instead focus on their positives. Like he said in the movie, "no one no matter how evil is beyond redemption". While I haven't been able to bring myself to agree with that statement, I found myself wishing that I could be like Lord Longford in that respect. So, while some may think of Lord Longford as a "boob" or a "puppet" I believe he was far from that. I believe he was portrayed as a gentleman who thought as he did and didn't care what others thought of him for so doing. I believe that he was a self-actualized individual who didn't have anything to prove to anyone and answered only to his own conscious and desire to help others.

Mr. Broadbent, as Lord Longford, was brilliant! In fact, I think that all of the characters were brilliantly cast. I can't remember a movie in my recent memory where I thought all of the main characters were so well played.


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I agree that Longford as portrayed by Broadbent was an admirable figure but the real-life Frank Pakenham was somewhat ideolgically confused IMO being ardently pro-censorship, homophobic and a member of the dreaded Festival of Light, things that the drama conveniently glosses over.

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The film does show him campaigning against porn so it doesn't ignore him being pro-censorship.

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Great acting by Jim Broadbent, but Longford was just a fool. He let himself be manipulated. And the campaign against porn is, rightly, played for laughs. Even his wife thought that was ridiculous. Like banning porn is going to solve any serious social problem?

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What you say may have truth in it, but Longford was more than just that. He did a lot of good work with campaigning for disabled people, the unemployed, prison reform, starting a drop in for homeless teens and prison visiting. He was also a respected author. People just don't remember that as much as the Myra Hindley and porn stuff.

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