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Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman
Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle before him, Albert Pierrepoint joins the "family business" in 1934. He rises through the ranks to become the most feared and respected executioner in the country, hanging more than 450 people in his lifetime. 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. But this brings notoriety, shattering… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The very title of this movie seems to message its doom. What could possibly be dramatic enough about Britain's last hangman to carry our interest over a 90-minute film? A whole lot, it turns out."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Plodding biopic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Spall is more than worthy of future leading roles."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"There is a great deal of food for thought in a film that personalizes the effects of the death penalty on both the executed and the executioner."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Grim and disturbing yet perversely riveting."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"[The film's] grittiness instantly adds to the historically and socio-economically convincing picture of working-class Yorkshire in the last century."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Overdramatizes Albert's 24-year career."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"A genuine and skillful account of one of Britain's most morally ambiguous working-class characters."
‑ Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Very much a bookend to Vera Drake in its mixture of post war British reserve and ugly reality. [Actor] Spall makes it work, creating a little man with big and terrible secrets."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Albert Pierrepoint single-handedly killed over 450 people in his career, dispatching most of them with an icy precision in less than 30 seconds."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Based on their press materials, they think they have made a film damning capital punishment and exploring Britain's most famous executioner. In fact, they haven't. But they have made a film of artistic beauty and endless fascination."
‑ Harry Chotiner, culturevulture.net
"...a powerful pairing of work by two terrific actors [Spall and Stevenson]."
‑ Laura Clifford, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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