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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.

Director:

Adrian Shergold

Writers:

Bob Mills (screenplay), Jeff Pope (screenplay)
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Cast

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 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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Country:

UK | USA

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Nowhere in Pierrepoint's autobiography does he mention 'Kirky' or George Cooper. Similarly in the film, there is no presence of Steve Wade, Syd Dernley, or Harry Allen, who were Albert's assistants on many occasions. See more »

Quotes

Albert Pierrepoint: [while attending to Dorothea Waddingham's lifeless body] She paid the price; she's innocent now.
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interesting character study
11 September 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This film details the life and career of Albert Pierrepoint, the Lancashire hangman and owner of the pub 'Help the Poor Struggler' from the 1930s through to the 1960s. His profession is in the blood - following in his father's footsteps - but until the war he stayed anonymous, not even discussing matters with his wife.

Timothy Spall does well in the lead, although the historical accuracy is questionable in places. As a character study it works well, but ultimately it is a fairly depressing watch. The quotation at the end makes clear that Pierrepoint did become disillusioned with his quick and dispassionate job, moving from pride in the speed of his work to the feeling that something is inherently wrong with one person causing another's life to end with deliberate calculation.

Pierrepoint is a film which raises a lot of questions, but ultimately treats them in a superficial way. Historical cases well documented such as Evans and Ellis pass by without much note, which depersonalises them and makes their inclusion something of a lost opportunity.


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