Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman Poster

Release Date: June 8th, 2007

DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2007

R|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Michael Norton, Cavan Clerkin, Christopher Fulford, Ian Shaw, Maggie Ollerenshaw

Director: Adrian Shergold

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Granada Television

Keywords: 1930s, Wife, Quest, Rise, Mother, Family, Transformation, Dark, 1940s, Emotional, Prison, 1950s, England

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  • 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. show more

  • The key to the film is in the performances by Spall and Stevenson -- and by Marsan. The utter averageness of the characters, their lack of insight, their normality, contrasts with the subject matter in an unsettling way. show more

  • British actor Timothy Spall gives a shattering performance as Albert Pierrepoint. show more

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Nominated Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)