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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)

The Last Hangman (original title)
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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:
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Governor of Strangeways
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Woman in Pub
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Dorothea Waddingham (as Elizabeth Hopley)
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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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Respected citizen. Loving husband. Professional killer. 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Albert Pierrepoint did not execute Dorothea Waddingham. This was performed by his uncle, Thomas Pierrepoint in 1936. 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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an excellent film
18 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An excellent movie to watch but there could have been more true facts on the people that he hung. One in particular comes to mind and that is Dorothea Waddingham (nurse).Pierrepoint did not execute Waddingham,he was the assistant to his uncle for this particular execution.

Quite a lot of what they call artistic licence in the film but an excellent movie all the same. Also in the movie i noticed that the metal eyelet of the rope always finished at the back of the condemned persons neck ,where it should have finished at the front under the chin to be factually correct.

In the movie as well they made out that Pierrepoint was in fact very close friends with James Henry Corbitt (tish & tosh).This was not so as he was a regular in Pierrepoints pub and they would sing together nothing more.

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