Melinda Sue Gordon
Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pierrepoint - The Last Hangman

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/08/07
performer
Juliet Stevenson, Timothy Spall
director
Adrian Shergold
distributor
IFC First Take
author
Bob Mills, Jeff Pope
genre
Drama

We gave it an B

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

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