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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman -- The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman

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Director:
Writers:
Bob Mills (screenplay)
Jeff Pope (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 April 2006 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Respected citizen. Loving husband. Professional killer. See more »
Plot:
The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Capital Punishment in the UK See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Simon Armstrong ... Minister
Ann Bell ... Violet Van Der Elst

Nicholas Blane ... Governor of Strangeways

Clive Brunt ... Warder at Strangeways
Cavan Clerkin ... George Cooper

James Corden ... Kirky

Marie Critchley ... Woman in Pub
Neil Fitzmaurice ... Cliff the Scouser
Keiran Flynn ... Neville
Clive Francis ... Field Marshall Montgomery

Christopher Fulford ... Sykes
Frances Shergold ... Alice

Lizzie Hopley ... Dorothea Waddingham (as Elizabeth Hopley)
Peter Jonfield ... Mr. Andrews

Bernard Kay ... Uncle Tom
Dominic Kemp ... Medical Officer

Claire Keelan ... Jessie Kelly
Rodney Litchfield ... Sellers
Jack Lord ... Jack Ellis

Eddie Marsan ... James 'Tish' Corbitt

Tobias Menzies ... Lieutenant Llewelyn
Ben McKay ... Timothy Evans
Christopher Newland ... Warder at Pentonville
Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Mary Pierrepoint
Jacqueline Pilton ... Lady Shopper
Mary Jo Randle ... Mrs. Corbitt
Paul Ready ... Anthony David Farrow
Mark Roper ... Man Shopper
Kate Rutter ... Woman in Pub
Ian Shaw ... Percy
Sheyla Shehovich ... Irma Grese
Robin Soans ... Governor Paton-Walsh

Timothy Spall ... Albert Pierrepoint

Juliet Stevenson ... Anne Fletcher

Mary Stockley ... Ruth Ellis

Tim Woodward ... Governor of Holloway
Warren Bertram ... Fritz Klein
David Davies ... Nazi Prisoner
Joyia Fitch ... Elizabeth Volkenrath (as Joy Fitch)
Marie Gawthorpe ... Old Woman
Kenny Greenfield ... Nazi Prisoner
Jo Gould ... Goss
Owen Jennings ... Protestor
Scott Davidson ... Josef Kramer (as Michael Norton)
Suzie Sackie ... Juana Bormanns
Sarah-Jane Silverton Andrews ... Market Shopper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Ford ... Shouting Protestor (uncredited)
Kathryn Pogson ... (uncredited)

Peter Ryder ... Protester (uncredited)

John Warman ... Prison Warder (uncredited)

Directed by
Adrian Shergold 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Mills  screenplay
Jeff Pope  screenplay

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer
Andy Harries .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... producer
Jeff Pope .... executive producer
Claudine Sturdy .... line producer
Paul Trijbits .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Martin Phipps 
 
Cinematography by
Danny Cohen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tania Reddin 
 
Casting by
Kate Rhodes James 
 
Production Design by
Candida Otton 
 
Art Direction by
Andrea Coathupe 
 
Costume Design by
Mary-Jane Reyner  (as Mary Jane Reyner)
 
Makeup Department
Christina Baker .... makeup designer
Paul Gooch .... makeup artist
Ashley Johnson .... makeup artist
Natalie Reid .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Layla Blackman .... post-production supervisor (as Layla Evans)
Rowena McInnes .... post-production supervisor
Harriet Sutcliffe .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Guest .... first assistant director
James Andrew Haven .... second assistant director (as James Haven)
Sarah MacFarlane .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Simon Bailey .... dressing props
Simon Bailey .... set dresser
Graham Barford .... construction team
Lee Biggs .... construction team
Noel Cowell .... stand-by props
Steve DeJulius .... construction team (as Steve De Julius)
Katrina Dunn .... art department runner
James Fennessy .... Scenic painter
Jess Foster .... construction team
David Gray .... stand-by rigger
Darren Haywood .... construction team
Terry Kyte .... dressing props (as Terry Kite)
Terry Kyte .... set dresser (as Terry Kite)
Robert Parks .... construction team
Jason Reilly .... construction manager
Lee Riley .... construction team
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Amanda Smith .... production buyer
Andrew Smith .... stand-by carpenter (as Andrew 'Wiggy' Smith)
Sarah Stuart .... stand-by art director
Steve Transfield .... construction team
Gary Watson .... property master
James Wells-Hunt .... construction team (as James Wells Hunt)
Mark Williamson .... construction team
 
Sound Department
Philip Barnes .... dialogue editor
Nick Cox .... sound effects editor
Nigel Edwards .... dubbing mixer
Nigel Edwards .... sound mixer
Mark Hackett .... foley mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
David McMillan .... boom operator
Reg Mills .... sound recordist
Tom O'Pray .... foley editor
Joseph Paines .... sound trainee
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects senior technician
 
Visual Effects by
James Clarke .... visual effects
William Foxwell .... film recorder operator: Lip Sync Post (as Will Foxwell)
Scott Goulding .... digital lab operator
Daniel Tomlinson .... digital lab operator
 
Stunts
Bill Davey .... stunt performer
Dave Fisher .... stunt performer
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucy Bristow .... camera operator
Damian Paul Daniel .... second unit: camera (as Damian Daniel)
Andy Hill .... clapper loader
Leal Ignatius .... assistant camera
Grant Maclean .... electrician
Paul McGeachan .... gaffer
Ken McKay .... still photographer
Alan McPherson .... electrician
Alex Mott .... grip
Zac Nicholson .... director of photography: second unit
Dan Shoring .... focus puller
Garry Thomson .... best boy
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Andy Morgan .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon McCormack .... costume cutter
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe assistant
Joanna Wright .... wardrobe assistant
Nicole Young .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Shane Chapman .... picture editor
Steven Forrester .... assistant editor
Selina Jones .... assistant editor
Maya Maffioli .... assistant editor
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
 
Music Department
Peter Fuchs .... music scoring engineer
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
 
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver
Dave Bury .... facilities driver
Malcolm Cooper .... camera car driver
Carl Foxall .... facilities driver (as Carl Foxal)
Eric Francks .... unit driver
Stewart Gray .... facilities driver
David Jenkins .... facilities driver (as Dave Jenkins)
John Molloy .... facilities driver
Chris O'Flynn .... unit driver
Simon Peace .... facilities driver
Micky Watts .... unit driver (as Mick Watts)
 
Other crew
Jeremy Angel .... runner
Jeremy Angel .... stand-in
Kate Brontë-Stewart .... floor runner (as Kate Bronte Stewart)
Natalie Cheary .... unit publicist
James Clarke .... digital laboratory supervisor
Joey Coughlin .... runner
Joey Coughlin .... stand-in
James Grant .... location manager
Charlotte Ingham .... assistant researcher
Polly Jefferies .... production coordinator
Mo Johnstone .... script supervisor
Himesh Kar .... senior executive
Marigo Kehoe .... head of production
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (as Jennifer Lambert)
Stewart McLaughlin .... technical advisor
Vicky Mills .... researcher
Kieron O'Keefe .... consultant
Martin Roberts .... production runner
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant (as Caroline Russell)
Jo Sanders .... assistant accountant
Sarah Turner .... researcher
Zell Wakwella .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Last Hangman" - UK (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing images, nudity and brief sexuality
Runtime:
UK:90 min | Argentina:90 min | USA:95 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (some scenes) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Anachronisms: There was a close-up shot of Pierrepoint's hand at one point showing quite clearly a plain gold wedding band. It was customary in Britain at this time for men to wear no ring signifying that they were married. If they chose to wear a ring, it was usually a signet ring. Plain wedding bands came in much later from the 60s onwards.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
Jealous HeartSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Capital Punishment in the UK, 26 September 2006
Author: howardmorley from United Kingdom

I saw this DVD twice and read all the other user comments of this recent film before I considered I was ready to write my opinion on IMDb.com.

Capital punishment in the UK was abolished in 1965 and since then it has remained a controversial topic on which MPs have been given a free vote in the House (no whips office involved) and it has consistently been voted down by MPs ever since.The arguments for capital punishment range from "an eye for an eye"; why must the State keep killers alive at the public expense; as an example to other malefactors; to provide revenge for the bereaved families of the murder victim.I suppose the most controversial case cited for reimposing the death penalty stemmed from the Moors Murderers case from 1966, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley who died in custody.Even though they could not judicially be hanged, no Home Secretary since then has considered it politic to release or commute their sentence because of the expected public and media fury.Of course today in Britain killers are routinely sentenced "to life imprisonment" which depending on the circumstances, does not necessarily mean the killer's whole life.

Against this argument is the Christian doctrine of forgiveness and whether the State is executing an innocent man e.g.Timothy Evans (hanged by Pierrepont) instead of John Reginald Halliday Christie for the murder of Evans' baby daughter.

Albert Pierrepoint was certainly not "The Last Hangman" in the UK as I believe he resigned shortly after executing Ruth Ellis in 1955 after a continuous career as Chief hangman stretching from 1933 and as I said above. killers were hanged in the UK right up to 1964.In his 1974 auto- biography he turned against capital punishment with distaste as he considered it was merely the State exacting revenge and solved nothing.Considering he executed 608 murderers we must respect his opinions.I suspect those that advocate execution would not like to do the act personally as long as there is someone else to do it and bear the crushing guilt on their conscience.

Juliet Stevenson gives a marvellously understated performance as Anne Pierrepoint, Albert's wife and provides the home life and comfort to her husband.She is also the business brains in the marriage.We see the chilling, technical efficiency and speed which convinced the Allied powers in 1946 that a British hangman was the best for dispatching the many Nazi war criminals sentenced to death at Nuremburg.Albert was informed by the brigadier that the first batch to be hanged in a day was 13 with many more to come.Albert did not want to know what evil the condemned had done and tried to ensure he kept himself personally and professionally detached when performing his duties for the State.He even had a sense of compassion for the condemned by trying to complete the hanging in less time than his father's average of 13 seconds to reduce the fear and suffering in them.In one notable case he was done in 7 1/2 seconds.Likewise at Nuremburg he decided to hang the condemned female Belsen guards first with the youngest going first as she would be the most frightened.

To my knowledge this is the first film which accurately shows the technical method of hanging that was used in British prisons.It was ignorance by film producers of this that made their films unconvincing when showing a hanging scene as hangmen were advised to keep their methods entirely secret from the public.

All credit must go to Timothy Spall in the central pivotal role and the whole production team in evoking capital punishment in a Britain between 1932- 1955.

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