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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)

The Last Hangman (original title)
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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Respected citizen. Loving husband. Professional killer. See more »


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

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7 April 2006 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$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 »

Goofs

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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Albert Pierrepoint: I did a lot of jobs in Germany. More than were really good for me. Too many really. I get so bloody tired now...
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You're a Very Good Pal of Mine
Composed by Ian Shaw
Performed by Ian Shaw
Published by Ian Shaw
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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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