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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Bell ...
Governor of Strangeways
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Keiran Flynn ...
Clive Francis ...
Frances Shergold ...
Dorothea Waddingham (as Elizabeth Hopley)
Peter Jonfield ...


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$21,766 (USA) (22 June 2007)

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Did You Know?


As per the promo material, and the DVD insert, this film is "based on a true story," however, it might be more appropriate to describe the film as "based on true events," since the story is rather liberal with the actual facts of Pierrepont's, and other character's lives and circumstances. Big picture, true, small picture, not terribly accurate or precise. See more »


In the final sequence of the film, when Pierrepoint is typing his letter of resignation, the last words are shown, as they are typed, to be "executioners forthwith." However, when Pierrepoint signs the letter in the next shot, the word "Executioners" is shown with a capital E. See more »


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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Words & Music by Jenny Carson
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Very very dark film...great performances
6 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Other writers have outlined what this film is about - Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's last hangman - so I shan't repeat a synopsis. The subject matter of the film is very dark, but what humanises it are the great performances from Juliet Stevenson and especially Tim Spall. The 8 is for the quality of the acting and the film is well worth seeking out for this alone.

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