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Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman

Rated R for disturbing images, nudity and brief sexuality.

R In Theaters 06/8/2007 , 94min.
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May 22, 2008
johnsbury1
I had some vague idea that such a thing as a State executioner existed in some Countries, but I seriously doubt I ever considered them to be regular people, that led ordinary lives, if ever I even thought about such things. This movie explores the life of England's State executioner, Albert Pierpoint, between 1933 and 1955 - he hanged 608 people for the State in those years. I am very amazed that

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Los Angeles Times
At once desperately grim and unnervingly gripping, providing an exacting sense of the detail and procedure that went into death by hanging. Full Review
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
Pierrepoint is worth seeing for Shergold's attention to process and for all the ghoulish details. Full Review
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Like most television directors, Shergold is good with actors. Jowly, impassive and rigid with righteous dignity, Timothy Spall makes a wonderfully meticulous Pierrepoint. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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. Full Review

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