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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.


Adrian Shergold


Bob Mills (screenplay), Jeff Pope (screenplay)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Bell ... Violet Van Der Elst
Simon Armstrong ... Minister
Nicholas Blane ... Governor of Strangeways
Clive Brunt ... Warder at Strangeways
Cavan Clerkin ... George Cooper
James Corden ... Kirky
Marie Critchley ... Woman in Pub
Neil Fitzmaurice Neil Fitzmaurice ... Cliff the Scouser
Keiran Flynn Keiran Flynn ... Neville
Clive Francis ... Field Marshall Montgomery
Christopher Fulford ... Sykes
Frances Shergold Frances Shergold ... Alice
Lizzie Hopley ... Dorothea Waddingham (as Elizabeth Hopley)
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Mr. Andrews
Bernard Kay ... Uncle Tom


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,028, 3 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,766, 24 June 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Black and White (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Albert Pierrepoint did not execute Dorothea Waddingham. This was performed by his uncle, Thomas Pierrepoint in 1936. See more »


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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Mr. Black My Rating = B
24 December 2005 | by dvdguy2005See all my reviews

2005 Toronto Film Report Off I head to the Varsity for the first time this festival. Movie: "The Last Hangman".

Plot Outline: The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman.

Always feel comfortable picking films from the United Kingdom. If it has made it to the film festival, and it is UK produced, it will be good. At least that is what I have found over the years at the festival.

Now this project was originally a made for Granada TV in the UK. Not 100% sure if it has aired yet on television over in the UK. This is a very well made, well acted movie. The Director and actor "Timothy Spall" was there for the interesting Q/A session. Basically the story follows the Hangman 'Pierrepoint' (following in this father's foot prints) over his career as Britain's 'Best" executioner. How does this job affect him, and even more interesting how it affects everyone around him.

The most unlikely plot twist was to my amazement completely true. The filmmakers try to be as accurate as possible; there was no need to make anything up, the true story itself in interesting enough. The trip 'Pierrepoint' took to Germany after the war was particularly well done.

The Q/A raised the obvious questions on the Death Penalty, and the producers' feelings on that subject. There is a brief scene of 'Pierrepoint' cleaning up a 'lady' afterwords, it included some full frontal nudity. A lady in the audience asked why that was shown, and not a guy in the same position. In the attempt to be accurate as possible the director stated that when a woman is hanged there are "biological" differences that need special attention. He did not want to go into specifics, which was just fine with this blogger.

Great Film, but the subject material is dark, 'Pierrepoint' is shown at work for most of the film, which will put some people off.

I knew before watch the movie that it was originally made for TV. There is a lot of quality material that hits the airwaves. Watching a movie on to the Big Screen certainly adds to the experience of any movie. Now what if you watched some of the best "The Sopranos" episodes on the big screen? What about "Six Feet Under" or what ever your favorite drama program is. This is good, but do you need to throw your $10 down to see it in the theater? If the idea of seeing quality TV on the big screen is appealing to you, then the answer is most certainly yes.

My Rating = B

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