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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
"The Last Hangman" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  7 April 2006 (UK)
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The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman.

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Albert Pierrepoint delivered groceries - and was a hangman. Following in his father's footsteps he quickly became known for his efficiency and compassion, rising to become 'the best in the land'. From early 1933, until the end of his career in 1955, he executed 608 people, including the 'Beasts of Belsen' (war criminals), for which he earned the gratitude of a nation. But by the time he hanged Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Britain, public sentiments had changed... and so had Pierrepoint. Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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1940's England. When the world needed a hero, he gave them what they wanted. But history can be cruel. See more »


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Rated R for disturbing images, nudity and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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$2,028 (USA) (1 June 2007)

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$21,766 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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Despite the title Pierrepoint was not Britain's last hangman. He retired in the mid 1950s, shortly after executing Ruth Ellis - (see Dance with a Stranger (1985)). Britain never had a "last hangman", as the last two executions before suspension of capital punishment were carried out in different cities at the same time. As the last two people executed were both guilty of the murder of John West, it was decided to carry out sentence at the same time in Aug 1964. In Nov 1965, people were still being sentenced to death. See more »

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When Albert Pierrepoint is on his way to execute Dorothea Waddingham, he is carrying a gas mask case. Dorothea Waddingham was executed in 1936, 3 years before the Second World War, therefore he would not be carrying a gas mask. See more »

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Governor Paton-Walsh: I don't mind telling you Pierrepoint... I don't think there's a better man in the country.
Albert Pierrepoint: Thank you, sir.
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interesting character study
11 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film details the life and career of Albert Pierrepoint, the Lancashire hangman and owner of the pub 'Help the Poor Struggler' from the 1930s through to the 1960s. His profession is in the blood - following in his father's footsteps - but until the war he stayed anonymous, not even discussing matters with his wife.

Timothy Spall does well in the lead, although the historical accuracy is questionable in places. As a character study it works well, but ultimately it is a fairly depressing watch. The quotation at the end makes clear that Pierrepoint did become disillusioned with his quick and dispassionate job, moving from pride in the speed of his work to the feeling that something is inherently wrong with one person causing another's life to end with deliberate calculation.

Pierrepoint is a film which raises a lot of questions, but ultimately treats them in a superficial way. Historical cases well documented such as Evans and Ellis pass by without much note, which depersonalises them and makes their inclusion something of a lost opportunity.


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