Pierrepoint: the Last Hangman

Movie information

Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for disturbing images, nudity and brief sexuality.
Released on:
June 1, 2007 (LA)

IFC Films

Status: Released

Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan

Director: Adrian Shergold

Screenwriter: Bob Mills, Jeff Pope

Genre: Drama
About the film:
PIERREPOINT is the gripping and dramatic true-life story of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's most notorious hangman. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle before him, Albert joins the 'family business' in 1934.

Living a secret life as a master hangman, as well as a humble grocery deliveryman and loyal husband, Pierrepoint's reputation as the most highly regarded executioner in the land results in him executing some of Britain's most infamous murderers including Derek Bentley and Ruth Ellis, and also the Nazi war criminals convicted at the Nuremberg Trails. But the media coverage from these shatters Pierrepoint's closely guarded anonymity turning him into a minor celebrity.

As his two lives collide, and public opinion turns against capital punishment, Pierrepoint troubled by his notoriety is ready to give it all up, but fate has other plans in store for him.

Featuring an outstanding performance by Timothy Spall, as the executioner struggling with his work, duty and conscience, Pierrepoint is a provocative tale of crime, punishment and redemption, set against a fascinating backdrop of British social and political change.
Rated R for disturbing images, nudity and brief sexuality.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $2,028 (3 theaters) | Domestic Total: $23,192
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