Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman


1h 30m 2006

Brief Synopsis

A large, somewhat awkward man of simple manners, Albert Pierrepoint is like just any other decent, working-class fellow when we first encounter him. Then he goes for an interview at the local prison to become a hangman. According to Pierrepoint's mother, the same job had turned his father into an al

Film Details

Also Known As
Last Hangman, The, Pierrepoint
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Bbc Archives; Bbc Films; Pangea Media Group; Pangea Media Group; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
IFC Films; IFC Films; IFC Films; Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Lionsgate U.K.; Rialto Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

A large, somewhat awkward man of simple manners, Albert Pierrepoint is like just any other decent, working-class fellow when we first encounter him. Then he goes for an interview at the local prison to become a hangman. According to Pierrepoint's mother, the same job had turned his father into an alcoholic and hustled him into an early grave, yet Pierrepoint feels he has the unique skills to succeed. The job requires strong statistical abilities in order to judge the drop required to snap a prisoner's neck without ripping off his head. He rises quickly through the ranks of executioners and becomes famous for the speed of his work. His career reaches a pinnacle when he is personally called over by General Montgomery to execute the Nuremberg criminals after World War II. His extraordinary work in dispatching hundreds of prisoners of war makes him a media star in Britain. But his experiences in Germany change Pierrepoint. He becomes increasingly unsure of his moral imperatives at the same time that abolitionists begin a fierce campaign to end hanging.

Film Details

Also Known As
Last Hangman, The, Pierrepoint
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Biography
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Bbc Archives; Bbc Films; Pangea Media Group; Pangea Media Group; U.K. Film Council
Distribution Company
IFC Films; IFC Films; IFC Films; Lionsgate; Lionsgate; Lionsgate U.K.; Rialto Films

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Kodak Limited Prize for Best Cinematography and Premiere Prize awards at the 2006 Dinard British Film Festival.

Released in United States Summer June 1, 2007

Released in United States June 8, 2007

Released in United States on Video October 30, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 25-June 18, 2006.

Released in United States Summer June 1, 2007

Released in United States June 8, 2007 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video October 30, 2007

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 25-June 18, 2006.)