*** ½ Roger Ebert  Top Critic Chicago Sun-Times. Directed by Adrian Shergold. Based on true events. 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. director: Adrian Shergold His everyday job was delivering provisions for a grocery wholesaler, and when an execution came along, he traveled to the prison by train, spent the night, and was given his expenses and a hot meal in addition to his fee of about $8. Following in his father's footsteps, Albert Pierrepoint becomes one of Britain's most prolific executioners, hiding his identity as a grocery deliveryman. Cast & Crew Director: Pierrepoint is a 2005 British film directed by Adrian Shergold about the life of British executioner Albert Pierrepoint. Starring Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Eddie Marsan. What is most intriguing about the film is that while it is not in favor of capital punishment, it doesn't make Pierrepoint into an evil or deranged man, just a dutiful workman. [5] The film was renamed Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman for its North American release, although Pierrepoint was not the last British hangman. Originally commissioned as a television film in 2004, Pierrepoint was broadcast on ITV on 25 August 2008, when it attracted an estimated audience of 3.6 million. Annie (Juliet Stevenson) continues to work in a tobacconist's and keeps a comfy little home for him, all teapots and footrests, china Scottie dogs, evenings around the wireless, and for dinner, "your favorite -- pork chop.". Original title: The Last Hangman aka [8], Last edited on 29 September 2020, at 02:38, ITV orders drama about hangman Pierrepoint, TV ratings: Wogan quizshow debut draws 1.7m viewers, http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/2006/04/pierrepoint-2006/, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pierrepoint_(film)&oldid=980890356, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 September 2020, at 02:38. Based on true events. Timothy Spall has been graced by nature with a face at once morose and discontented, although when he smiles, it is like the first day of spring. He eventually retired, moved to the seaside with Annie, continued as a celebrity, and wrote his memoirs, in which, Wiki says, he concluded: "Executions solve nothing, and are only an antiquated relic of a primitive desire for revenge which takes the easy way and hands over the responsibility for revenge to other people. He believes the condemned have been judged, sentenced to pay their debt, and when they are dead, have paid it. Living a double life as a master hangman, and a grocery deliveryman and loyal husband, Pierrepoint's obsession to become the "Number One" executioner in the country results in his selection as executioner for some of Britain's most infamous murderers and Nazi war criminals. While masquerading as demur, Anne is made of steel, and Stevenson slowly and subtly brings this out. Originally commissioned as a television film in 2004, Pierrepoint was broadcast on ITV on 25 August 2008, when it attracted an estimated audience of 3.6 million. But this brings notoriety, shattering Pierrepoint's guarded anonymity and turning him into a minor celebrity. He rises through the ranks to become the most feared and respected executioner in the country, hanging more than 450 people in his lifetime. Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: The Best Feel-Good Shows to Watch Right Now on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and More, Hilarie Burton, Who Is Married to Jeffrey Dean Morgan IRL, Is Joining. Script: Jeff Pope , Bob Mills The hanging scenes and the street protest scenes at the end of the film were at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham. Gender: Drama | Biography . Britain never had a "last hangman", as the last two executions before ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Year: 2005 This was the official website for the 2005 film,Pierrepoint. "I don't have any mates," he says. Like a professional runner, he's obsessed with speed and sets a record of 7 1/2 seconds between whisking his prey from a cell to pronouncement of death. His man has paid his dues and deserves proper handling, he shouts, as angry as we see him. He handcuffs the client, says "follow me, sir," leads the way across the corridor and leaves the prisoner standing on the trap without quite realizing it. Once his cover is blown, she seizes the opportunity to open a pub and parade him around as a curiosity. The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan. Years 30. Pierrepoint was the third member of his family to work as a hangman and took pride in his system of calculating the exact length of rope to use on each condemned prisoner. One review of the film calls this development "a contrived subplot," but Wikipedia reports that Tish really did strangle his unfaithful lover on an evening when he and Albert sang "Danny Boy" at the pub, and Albert really did hang Tish. Studio: Granada Television He retired in the mid 1950s, shortly after executing Ruth Ellis - (see Dance with a Stranger (1985)). He always follows the same routine, designed as a time-and-motion study to escort the prisoner from his cell to his doom with no time to realize what is happening. Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman is a 2005 British drama film about the life of Albert Pierrepoint, one of England's most prolific executioners. Often after work, he'll stop at the pub (which eventually becomes his) and join his pal Tish (Eddie Marsan) in a vaudeville song. Every year, dozens of civil servants are honored on the Queen's List, but Pierrepoint, whose service to the crown was more essential than many door-holders and pen-pushers, labored on year after year in the shadows, insisting on his hot meal. In "Pierrepoint, the Last Hangman," he plays Albert Pierrepoint, the last official chief hangman for the United Kingdom, credited with at least 435 executions. At Bay Area theaters.). While still a grocery drayman, Pierrepoint, already past 30, shyly proposes marriage to possibly the first girl to go out with him to the cinema. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! This realization came a little late for his 435 or more clients, but at least he gave them the very best service. "[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews". And when he returned home, the national tabloids outed him and he was cheered in the streets as a hero, then later targeted by opponents of the death penalty. "It isn't right," he said to Annie, who was a little tickled to have photographers on her doorstep. Originally commissioned as a television film in 2004,[4] Pierrepoint was broadcast on ITV on 25 August 2008, when it attracted an estimated audience of 3.6 million. [2] In the United States, it had a limited theatrical release at three screens on 7 June 2007, grossing $21,766. Music: Martin Phipps It was released on DVD on 30 October 2007.[3]. His tunnel vision permitted no doubt; his was a difficult job, but necessary and worth doing correctly, with full respect for each client. © 2020 TV GUIDE, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Read the Pierrepoint plot and find out who is in the cast and crew at Movies.com. Photograph: Danny Cohen When public opinion turns against capital punishment, Pierrepoint becomes a scorned man and is ready to give it all up, but fate has other plans in store for him. 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. The utter averageness of the characters, their lack of insight, their normality, contrasts with the subject matter in an unsettling way. All that seems contrived is that the hangman would not have heard about the murder and anticipated the result. But after watching one neck after another snap, you start to feel like part of the voyeuristic crowd gathered at public hangings centuries ago. Ruthe Stein  Top Critic  San Francisco Chronicle, Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman' Drama. Spoiler warning: After an especially hard day, Albert comes home and the solicitous Annie suggests he have a drink with his mates. Duration: 95 min. Part of the movie's problem is a failure to get inside Pierrepoint's head and understand his motivations besides a sense of professionalism and competitiveness with his dad and uncle, who preceded him in the grisly profession. He is a man of principle. Following in his father's footsteps, Albert Pierrepoint becomes one of Britain's most prolific executioners, hiding his identity as a grocery deliveryman. Watch Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. It is true. A devastating, true-life story of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's most notorious hangman. The film was renamed Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman for its North American release, although Pierrepoint was not the last British hangman. Watch Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman movie trailers, exclusive videos, interviews from the cast, movie clips and more at TVGuide.com. British actor Timothy Spall gives a shattering performance as Albert Pierrepoint, the United Kingdom's last official Chief Hangman, who's believed to have executed over 450 people before resigning from service in 1956. The trouble with the death penalty has always been that nobody wanted it for everybody, but everybody differed about who should get off." He's a creepy subject for a biopic, and "Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman" is a peculiar little film -- grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting in illuminating the exact details that go into administering this method of capital punishment and why he was so splendid at it. Photo Credits: Netflix; Pop TV; Robert Viglasky, Hartswood Films; Fred Hayes/Disney+, Fox, PopTV; Bettina Strauss/Netflix; Nicole Rivelli/Amazon, Netflix, Frank Masi/Apple, Disney, Jasper Savage/Hulu; Diyah Pera/CW, What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on November 5. It was too much like an assembly line. Pierrepoint can walk away from a dead body and go home to his wife, Anne (the brilliant British stage star Juliet Stevenson), or to his local pub where he and a pal he knows only as Tish (Eddie Marsan) bring down the house with their rendition of "Making Whoopee.". One night, Tish proudly turns up with a hot date, falls in love with her, is jilted and performs a quavering solo of "Jealous Love.". It's not apparent how director Adrian Shergold could have lightened things up even if he'd been so inclined. He's more energetic talking to Anne, who conveniently pretends not to know what her husband does for a living -- it's supposed to be top secret, like 007 -- while plotting how to capitalize on it. Adrian Shergold's film of Pierrepoint's life paints a portrait of respectable working-class mediocrity with a secret at its center; Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" (2004) was a similar, if more nuanced, portrait of a quiet housewife who was an abortionist. Had Albert Pierrepoint ever been a contestant on "What's My Line?," he surely would have ended up with a hung panel. The movie is unflinching in watching Pierrepoint at work. Country: United Kingdom United Kingdom He always follows the same routine, designed as a time-and-motion study to escort the prisoner from … Originally commissioned as a television film in 2004, Pierrepoint was broadcast on ITV on 25 August 2008, when it attracted an estimated audience of 3.6 million.