The Hangman: Shepherds and ButchersHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Steve Coogan gives a powerful performance in this critically acclaimed courtroom drama inspired by true events. When a jaded lawyer (Coogan) takes on a 19-year-old Pretorian prison guard’s (Garion Dowds) seemingly hopeless murder case, South Africa’s capital punishment system is as much on trial as the defendant. Andrea Riseborough also stars in this beautifully filmed, thought-provoking drama.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 8
- Fresh: 4
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Oliver Schmitz, one of South Africa's essential directors, delivers a mix of emotional acuity and overkill with this death penalty drama.
Fresh: The film mostly preaches to the converted, even if it reveals with historical gravity how capital punishment was another way that apartheid severely discriminated against South Africa's black population.
Fresh: The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds.
Rotten: Shepherds and Butchers doesn't know which it is: the twisty legal drama that's going to herd us through the issue or the ferocious expose, laying out the quotidian grimness of systemic death.