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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

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United Kingdom, United States
·
2005

Rated R · 1h 38m

Director Adrian Shergold
Starring Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Simon Armstrong

Genre Drama, History

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Following in his father's footsteps, Albert Pierrepoint becomes one of Britain's most prolific executioners, hiding his identity as a grocery deliveryman. But when his ambition to be the best inadvertently exposes his gruesome secret, he becomes a minor celebrity and faces a public outcry against the practice of hanging.

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L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Like most television directors, Shergold is good with actors. Jowly, impassive and rigid with righteous dignity, Timothy Spall makes a wonderfully meticulous Pierrepoint.
75

New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

This is a riveting story about a man who for years moonlighted as an anonymous hangman while holding a day job as a wholesale grocery delivery man.
75

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

This measured bio-production might be viewed as a lesser companion piece to "Vera Drake" -- although in the case of Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, all the period-piece tastefulness makes for a story more instructive than emotionally tangible.
50

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

You have to wonder just how true to life the melodramatic depiction of these events is, especially since the film was made in partnership with TV's "Masterpiece Theater."