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. Following in his father’s footsteps, Albert Pierrepoint becomes one of Britain’s most prolific executioners, hiding his identity as a grocery deliveryman. R (Nudity|Disturbing Images|Brief Sexuality), Critical Consensus: "Knocked Up" Is A Knockout; "Mr. Brooks," "Gracie" Less So, November 17, 2011 Don’t worry, it won’t take long. One final note. Among those who met their fates at the end of Pierrepoint's rope were the notorious Ruth Ellis and scores of Nazi war criminals. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. | Rating: C+ It was customary in Britain at this time for men to wear no ring signifying that they were married. Albert Pierrepoint single-handedly killed over 450 people in his career, dispatching most of them with an icy precision in less than 30 seconds. 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. Spall is more than worthy of future leading roles. It also generates a certain macabre undercurrent of droll humor regarding both the profession of executioner as well as various attitudes attendant to it. Coming Soon. Trailer. A whole lot, it turns out. Sign up here. |, July 17, 2009 Pierrepoint – The Last Hangman. He retired in the mid 1950s, shortly after executing Ruth Ellis - (see Dance with a Stranger (1985)). Biography, Crime, Drama. Forgot your password? | Rating: 5/5 All rights reserved. PLOT: A glimpse at how Albert Pierrepoint coped with his job as executioner, as well as how the unusual nature of his jemployment, and subsequent lack of anonymity affected Pierrepoint's life and relationships. |, June 21, 2007 You're almost there! We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. 18A,VM14,16,R,-16,B15,18,13+,MA 15+,14A,18 r. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links on this page. Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Star Wars + Nat Geo, Get unlimited access to the largest streaming library with limited ads, Stream on up to 4 devices at the same time. He goes so far as to prep the executed for burial, knowing that no mortician will care to properly undertake the duty . Grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting. A suitably sombre treatment of a sombre story, Pierrepoint is nevertheless a riveting drama, sketching out not only the salient facts of Albert Pierrepoint's life but the turmoil in which that life caused in his soul. Albert Pierrepoint (Timothy Spall) finds great success as Britain's most famous public executioner, and his notoriety rises to a new level after he is selected to hang Nazi war criminals after the Nuremberg trials, but the experience changes him, and he begins to question the morality of his vocation at the same time that abolitionists begin a campaign to end hanging. Just a bit of gallows humor for you there. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman documents Pierrepoint's start , noting his family antecedent in the profession, before presenting a basic biographical overview of the executioner's lifstyle, relationships, and career highlights. The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket. Your favorites, all in one place. Timothy Spall is Albert Pierrepoint the most highly proffessional and praised hangmen in 50s britain, here, we see him doing his job anomymous to his friends and local community, and then finally his secret coming out, after a stink executing war criminals, a look back at a time when executrions was a case of taking a guy into a room and its over before we know it, but his methods and preperations were the best and well regarded within the system, a interesting look at the time, good production value, and spall on fire in a role with lots of emotion throughout. Hardly a light entertainment this is more of a chamber piece for those who prefer realistic drama. Pierrepoint had it down to about thirteen seconds. Pierrepoint (titled Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman for North American release), is a 2005 British film directed by Adrian Shergold about the life of British executioner Albert Pierrepoint. I discovered something else, too. WRITTEN BY: Bob Mills and Jeff Pope Conceived as a television film, this recreation of the life and times of hangman Albert Pierrepoint is both unfalteringly grim and mesmerisingly watchable. Director Adrian Shergold doesn't shy away from the darker elements of the movie's subject, and Timothy Spall is mesmerizing as the title character. |, October 9, 2007 But when his ambition to be the best inadvertently exposes his gruesome secret, he becomes a minor celebrity & faces a public outcry against the practice of hanging. Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. Just confirm how you got your ticket. Don't have an account? |, June 15, 2007 Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. Their refusal, perhaps inability to grasp issues and ramifications beyond the immediate and obvious bestows upon Pierrepoint and his fellows a sympathetic quality. Albert Pierrepoint was Britain's most prolific executioner, overseeing the hanging of more than 600 condemned men and women including Derek Bentley, Ruth Ellis and Lord Haw Haw. Regal The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan.
Taking pride in his craftsmanship, finding artistry in his application o the principles of physics, Peirrepoint delved into calculations based upon body weight, build, musculature (especially in the neck), dropping distance, as well as length, type, thickness and resilience of rope. Not everybody realizes that the word "hung" is not the proper past tense of the verb, "to hang" when referring to the condemned. Coming Soon. |, August 7, 2007 COMMENTS: Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman is a dark, grim character portrait that doesn't shy away from the depiction of corporal punishment. I don't think there's a better man in the country. Based on true events. GENRE: DRAMA All Critics (53) There was a close-up shot of Pierrepoint's hand at one point showing quite clearly a plain gold wedding band. The movie grows more compelling in the latter half as British public opinion turns against capital punishment and Pierrepoint begins to have his own doubts. Combined with the historical aspect of the plot, the result is a story with depth, featuring characters about whom one takes a genuine interest.   |  I did some homework to determine how historically accurate the picture is, and found have taken only very minor license with the facts. Adrian Shergold's film starring Timothy Spall in the title role is a dark period piece exploring the stark relationship between compassion and work ethic. |, September 7, 2007 In fact, his first execution wasn’t until October 1941, when he hanged gangster and murderer Antonio Mancini in London. | Rating: 2/5 Big picture, true, small picture, not terribly accurate or precise. The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman. The death penalty was abolished in Great Britain in 1965 but before that Pierrepoint had become something of a strange celebrity. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! R Falls into the same trap as most biopics: brilliant central performance, average everything else. A man of deep compassion who was able to perform the job of executioner, feeling that they had already been judged, by looking at it as a duty and providing the condemned with as quick end as possible. | Rating: 3/4 However, Pierrepoint was still a rookie and there simply weren’t that many executions in Britain in the 1930s, so the eager young hangman didn’t get his chance to actually carry out an execution right away. Pierrepoint does not show emotion for the fate of the condemned, a matter he concludes is out of his hands and not for him to question, but it is there. | By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie.