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Pierrepoint (entitled Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman for North American release), is a 2005 British film directed by Adrian Shergold about the life of British executioner Albert Pierrepoint.

The film premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the UK on 7 April 2006. In the United States, it had a limited theatrical release at three screens on 7 June 2007, grossing $21,766. It was released on DVD on 30 October 2007.

Originally commissioned as a television film in 2004, Pierrepoint was not broadcast on ITV until 25 August 2008, when it attracted an estimated audience of 3.6 million.


The film follows Britainmarker's most prolific hangman, Albert Pierrepoint (Timothy Spall), from the time he is first trained for the job and accepted onto the list of the country's official hangmen in 1932 until his resignation in 1956. Pierrepoint is seen dealing with his secret job in privacy, until his post as Britain's hangman at the executions of Nazi war criminals puts him in the public eye. Taking pride in his professionalism, Pierrepoint executes James Inglis with the fastest hanging on record – 7.5 seconds – and also hangs Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed in the UKmarker. But he faces his toughest challenge when he is called on to hang his friend James "Tish" Corbitt, after Corbitt murders his girlfriend.



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