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Dramatic true-life story of Albert Pierrepoint (Timothy Spall), Britain's most notorious hangman. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle before him, Albert joins the 'family business' in 1934. Living a secret life as a master hangman, as well as a humble grocery deliveryman and loyal husband, Pierrepoint's reputation as the most highly regarded executioner in the land results in him executing some of Britain's most infamous murderers including Derek Bentley and Ruth Ellis, and also the Nazi war criminals convicted at the Nuremberg Trials. But the media coverage from these shatters Pierrepoint's closely guarded anonymity turning him into a minor celebrity.
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The film opens in 1932 when Albert is 27. He is single, lives with Mum and his Uncle Thomas, his father having passed on. He works in a grocery store in Manchester as a drayman, delivering goods. In a sweet shop two doors down from the grocery is a lass he’s sweet on. Annie is her name and she works there most days. Their courtship is long due to penury. They will not marry until they have proper funds. That day finally arrives in 1943.
In 1931, Albert first wrote to the Prisoners Commission Office, stating his desire to become an assistant executioner. He had in mind to assist his uncle in executions.Read more ›
The film makes many points about capital punishment (most especially that death itself is the punishment not fear, pain and humiliation as well) but not in a heavy handed way; it also shows the toll on the executioners themselves. A thoughtful and thought provoking film
Alright, that will do. . . yawn. Another one for the charity bag.
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A good film. The story is based on Pierrepoint's autobiography, but as with all such movies, it has to condense things. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mr. Peter Franklin