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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Timothy Spall
Juliet Stevenson
Eddie Marsan
James Corden
Claire Keelan
Directors
Adrian Shergold
Screenwriters
Jeff Pope
Bob Mills
Running Time
95 minutes

Pierrepoint
Timothy Spall portrays Britain's last hangman


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Pierrepoint

Plot
A biopic of Albert Pierrepoint (Spall), one of Britain’s last hangmen. Appointed in 1934, Pierrepoint personally handled more than 600 state-sanctioned executions — including 13 Nazi war criminals and Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in this country — before his resignation in 1956 over a wages dispute.


Verdict
Spall does his best to get under the skin of a somewhat complex character, but unfortunately the by-the-numbers screenplay and made-for-TV production values leave behind the feeling that the whole enterprise could have been better executed.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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