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Trailers from Hell Visits 'Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman,' Starring Timothy Spall

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2014 at 1:45PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, the always-erudite Brian Trenchard-Smith introduces 2007's executioner drama "Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman," starring Timothy Spall, an Oscar hopeful this year in "Mr. Turner."
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Pierrepoint

Today on Trailers from Hell, the always-erudite Brian Trenchard-Smith introduces 2007's executioner drama "Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman," starring Timothy Spall, an Oscar hopeful this year in "Mr. Turner."

Timothy Spall stars in a fascinating character study about a compassionate executioner. Based on the true story of Albert Pierrepoint who presided over 400 hangings in England between 1932 and 1956 (including the Nazis tried at Nuremberg), Pierrepoint was considered England's most prolific hangman as well as its most humane (taking care to finish the job as swiftly as possible). In his 1974 memoir "Executioner: Pierrepoint," the then 69 year-old ex-executioner disavowed the death penalty as a plausible deterrent.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.