Pierrepoint

Pierrepoint

Pierrepoint

UK period-drama & true story following Britain’s most notorious hangman: Albert Pierrepoint. Following in the footsteps of his father, Pierrepoint joins the ‘family business’ in 1934 and rises through the ranks. Eventually he'll go on to hang over 600 people in his lifetime.

Living a double life as a master hangman, grocery deliveryman and loyal husband, Pierrepoint’s obsession to be at the top of the field results in his selection as executioner for some of Britain’s most infamous murderers and Nazi war criminals. But this brings notoriety, shattering Pierrepoint’s guarded anonymity and turning him into a minor celebrity. When public opinion turns against capital punishment, Pierrepoint becomes a scorned man and is ready to give it all up, but fate has other plans in store for him…

200795 minsUK
BiographyComedyDrama
Director:
Adrian Shergold ('Dirty Filthy Love', tv's 'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost')
Writer:
Bob MillsJeff Pope
Cast:
Timothy SpallJuliet StevensonEddie Marsan
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Reviews & comments

(dis)association

This was a good film. It seemed to be about Pierrepoint's ability to disassociate himself from the horror of his job. When he wasn't able to do this, he resigned.

5.0

There's no such thing as an ordinary life

Timothy Spall is always worth watching a film for, and he's great in this - a model of understated acting, in a wonderfully understated movie (although the use of music was a bit spotty - sometimes overly maudlin, as if the audience needed to have it underlined that People Dying Is Serious, until one sequence where a very famous piece of music is used to...

4.0

Astounding

How does Britians top hangman protect his identity and live an almost normal life? And what happens when he becomes known? Brilliantly acted this chilling true story is worth seeing.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

[The] cast, especially Timothy Spall, nevertheless manage to keep the film always watchable, even if total package has the unmistakable air of upmarket TV with better-than-average dialogue...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Timothy Spall is absolutely riveting as Britain's most famous hangman...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Abetted by Stevenson as his wife, Anne - a faintly chilling mixture of loyal wife and Lady Macbeth - Spall gives us a cinematic character to savour and a clear-eyed view of the past. Not exactly a laugh a minute but still highly recommended....

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Despite its dark subject, Pierrepoint is never grim viewing, but, rather, an interesting character study and exemplar of how humanity will get you in the end... Forget the lightweight or instantly forgettable fare that now routinely passes for Masterpiece Theatre - British drama doesn't get much better than this...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Timothy Spall gives a career-best performance in the fascinating British biopic Pierrepoint...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

[The] cast, especially Timothy Spall, nevertheless manage to keep the film always watchable, even if total package has the unmistakable air of upmarket TV with better-than-average dialogue...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Timothy Spall is absolutely riveting as Britain's most famous hangman...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Abetted by Stevenson as his wife, Anne - a faintly chilling mixture of loyal wife and Lady Macbeth - Spall gives us a cinematic character to savour and a clear-eyed view of the past. Not exactly a laugh a minute but still highly recommended....

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Despite its dark subject, Pierrepoint is never grim viewing, but, rather, an interesting character study and exemplar of how humanity will get you in the end... Forget the lightweight or instantly forgettable fare that now routinely passes for Masterpiece Theatre - British drama doesn't get much better than this...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Timothy Spall gives a career-best performance in the fascinating British biopic Pierrepoint...

4.0

(dis)association

This was a good film. It seemed to be about Pierrepoint's ability to disassociate himself from the horror of his job. When he wasn't able to do this, he resigned.

5.0

There's no such thing as an ordinary life

Timothy Spall is always worth watching a film for, and he's great in this - a model of understated acting, in a wonderfully understated movie (although the use of music was a bit spotty - sometimes overly maudlin, as if the audience needed to have it underlined that People Dying Is Serious, until one sequence where a very famous piece of music is used to...

4.0

Astounding

How does Britians top hangman protect his identity and live an almost normal life? And what happens when he becomes known? Brilliantly acted this chilling true story is worth seeing.

4.0