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Pierrepoint -- The Last Hangman

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Melinda Sue Gordon

Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
90 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/08/07
performer:
Juliet Stevenson, Timothy Spall
director:
Adrian Shergold
distributor:
IFC First Take
author:
Bob Mills, Jeff Pope
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

An empathetic Timothy Spall beetles his brows as Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s top-of-the-line public executioner from the 1930s into the 1950s, who, when he wasn’t dispensing swift justice with a rope, liked to raise a pint and sing in pubs. (Juliet Stevenson keeps her own upper lip rigid as Mrs. P.) 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. B