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

 -  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 Pierrepont 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 women to be executed in Britain, public sentiments had changed....and so had Pierrepont. 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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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 »

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Weights of the condemned being expressed in the American way as pounds, rather than the British stones and pounds. Pierrepoint was most meticulous, and would have based all his executions on the UK Home Office table of drops for hanging, which uses British units. See more »

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Albert Pierrepoint: It's not been easy. I've got things in here too
[points at head]
Albert Pierrepoint: that I'd rather they weren't there. Oh, aye. I can keep them at bay, yeah. But they're waiting for me. Waiting for me to let my guard down. Waiting all the bloody time they are.
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A Life on the Ocean Wave
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Performed by The Royal Marines Band
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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.

I've not seen many reviews of the film so I hope you will forgive me if I post details of one:

http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=4&subID=471

You can also view a clip alongside the review

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