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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Timothy Spall (Professor Pettigrew from the Harry Potter movies) gives a magnificently multilayered performance as the protagonist in PIERREPOINT: THE LAST HANGMAN. Spall plays Albert Pierrepoint, a grocery deliveryman who decides to apply for his father's old job--a hangman for the British courts. Soon he is perfecting the execution procedure, fulfilling his duties in record time and with no problems whatsoever. Though proud of his success, Pierrepoint prefers to keep it to himself, not even telling his wife, Anne (Juliet Stevenson), what he does when he leaves the house for days at a time. But when General Montgomery himself (Clive Francis) asks Pierrepoint to execute dozens of Nazis who have been sentenced to death, for the first time Pierrepoint starts questioning what he does, and soon his relatively calm, quiet world is turned upside down. Based on a true story, PIERREPOINT: THE LAST HANGMAN is a gripping period drama, bathed in grays by cinematographer Danny Cohen and production designer Candida Otton. Spall is mesmerizing as Pierrepoint, his slow walk and penetrating eyes filling the screen. Stevenson is excellent as his loyal wife, standing by him through thick and thin. PIERREPOINT is directed with careful precision by Adrian Shergold, a longtime actor and television director who trained at the feet of Mike Leigh, who has cast Spall in many of his own films. And Eddie Marsan excels as Tish, a compatriot of Pierrepoint's who lands himself in a very nasty bit of trouble.

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    • Rating - for disturbing images, nudity and brief sexuality.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80540

  • Credits
    Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, James Corden, Christopher Fulford, Tobias Menzies, Tim Woodward
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "With superb support from Juliet Stevenson...and Eddie Marsan....This is a moving and well-executed film."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 4 -- "The sense of British life in the mid-20th century is stiflingly authentic, as is the fascinating depiction of the hangings..."
    Uncut

    "Spall is the perfect character actor for the part, managing to convey both a strange sympathy and sadness as he stares into the eyes of his doomed charges."
    Box Office

    "Mr. Spall sinks his teeth into one of the juiciest roles of his career..."
    New York Times

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