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

Director:

Adrian Shergold

Writers:

Bob Mills (screenplay), Jeff Pope (screenplay)
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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 Lizzie Hopley ... Dorothea Waddingham (as Elizabeth Hopley)
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Mr. Andrews
Bernard Kay ... Uncle Tom
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Storyline

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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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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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 »

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

Quotes

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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Makin' Whoopee
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Timothy Spall and Eddie Marsan
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Very very dark film...great performances
6 April 2006 | by mazoldboySee 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,028, 3 June 2007

Gross USA:

$23,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$824,856
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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1.85 : 1
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