This film is a fascinating examination of the life of Albert Pierrepoint, one of the longest-serving hangmen in England. His career spanned from 1932 to 1956, during which he gained the reputation of being the most expeditious executioner in British history.
The film was incorrectly titled Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman for its U.S. release. Executions continued in Britan until 1964.
Pierrepoint (2005) is a marvellously-made film starring the ever-brilliant Timothy Spall. Whenever I see Spall in anything, I can’t help but think back to his hilarious beginnings as Barry Spencer Taylor in the British TV comedy-drama, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet!
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers.
Direction: Adrian Shergold
Screenplay: Jeff Pope, Bob Mills
Cinematography: Danny Cohen
Editing: Tania Reddin
Score: Martin Phipps
Stars: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan