Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Source: Catholic News Service
Well-made British film argues against capital punishment by telling the true story of one of England's most prolific executioners, Albert I. Pierrepoint, staunchly portrayed by talented character actor Timothy Spall. Director Adrian Shergold generally avoids sensationalism when depicting Pierrepoint's grim stock in trade, but the morally correct treatment becomes somewhat heavy-handed when the narrative takes an unbelievable turn that solidifies Pierrepoint's growing disillusionment with his duties. Numerous nongraphic hangings, a mostly clothed adulterous encounter, full frontal female and rear male nudity involving corpses, a few instances of crass language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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