An empathetic Timothy Spall beetles his brows as Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s top-of-the-line public executioner from the 1930s into the 1950s, who, when he wasn’t dispensing swift justice with a rope, liked to raise a pint and sing in pubs. (Juliet Stevenson keeps her own upper lip rigid as Mrs. P.) This measured bio-production might be viewed as a lesser companion piece to Vera Drake — although in the case of Pierrepoint — The Last Hangman, all the period-piece tastefulness makes for a story more instructive than emotionally tangible. B
(Melinda Sue Gordon)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Juliet Stevenson, Timothy Spall; Director: Adrian Shergold; Author: Bob Mills, Jeff Pope; Release Date Limited: 06/08/2007; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: IFC First Take
Posted June 6 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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