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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)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,766, 24 June 2007
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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

Dorothea Waddingham was hanged at Winson Green Prison, not Holloway Prison, as depicted in the newspaper article that Anne Fletcher was reading. 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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Connections

Featured in Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013) See more »

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Moonlight Promenade
Written by Ib Glindemann
Performed by The Carlin Session Band
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Charismatic Timothy Spall.
14 September 2006 | by keithmpSee all my reviews

I booked this independent little British film to show at Coalville's Century Theatre, on the Non-Theatrical circuit. Titled "Pierrepoint" here in the UK, this is a case of another quality British film being routinely ignored by the multiplexes in favour of the usual fodder presented for the masses. I was confident my regular audience would be interested by this true story of mass executioner Albert Pierrepont who really was 'a household name' in the 50s and 60s. In actual fact, Mr Pierrepoint was NOT 'the last hangman' in the UK. It really is a remarkably entertaining picture considering the obviously dour storyline, much aided by the portrayal of charismatic star Timothy Spall, who can be relied upon to always give an interesting and engrossing performance. Mr Spall is no matinée idol lead but not many would argue he is one of the most popular actors in Britain today. The film explains how Albert followed in the same 'career' of his father and Uncle Tom (who is briefly portrayed in the film), and interestingly reveals the technical side of his skillful and efficient methods for a successful result! Along the way, Albert is seen with Field Marshal Montgomery, who personally recommended Pierrepoint to carry out the Nuremburg executions, as well as other familiar people such as Timothy Evans, Derek Bentley and Ruth Ellis, all of whose cases fed the argument for the abolition of capital punishment. In the film, much dramatic use is made of Pierrepoint's execution of his friend, 'Tish', who often sang duets with Albert in the latter's pub. This really is true, very much a case of stranger than fiction. This film is strangely entertaining, never dull, although I noted some of the female members of my audience were regularly looking downwards whenever a hanging was shown. However, afterwards, there many favourable comments about this film and we were still talking about it at the post show drink in the pub afterwards! Obviously achieved on a very restricted budget, but a film to be recommended.


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