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Cracker: A New Terror (2006)

Robbie Coltrane , Geraldine Somerville , Charles McDougall , Jean Stewart  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien, Barbara Flynn, Lorcan Cranitch
  • Directors: Charles McDougall, Jean Stewart, Michael Winterbottom, Richard Standeven, Simon Cellan Jones
  • Writers: Jimmy McGovern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R349H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cracker: A New Terror" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Cracker: Behind the Scenes," a 45-minute retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Robbie Coltrane, Jimmy McGovern, Barbara Flynn, Christopher Eccleston, and other members of the cast and creative team

Editorial Reviews

The brilliant but self-destructive psychologist Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald returns for a final, feature-length, and satisfying mystery in Cracker: A New Terror. Having spent a decade in Australia with his wife and youngest son, Fitz (Robbie Coltrane) returns to Manchester, England for his daughter's wedding, instantly demonstrating--by humiliating her at the reception--that he hasn't altered his old, abrasive ways. Despite that, Fitz's family seems finally resigned to his difficult personality and constant boozing, but far less so to his willingness to help the police solve baffling murder cases. Cracker: A New Terror finds Fitz caught up in the investigation of two killings of Americans, a case that points to a Manchester cop (Anthony Flanagan) as a likely suspect. As usual in Cracker adventures, the insightful script by Jimmy McGovern identifies the killer right away for viewers, the better to set up Fitz's psychological challenge in breaking through a killer's resistance. Directed by Antonia Bird (Priest), Cracker: A New Terror portrays Fitz as a man encountering a new, post-9/1l England, afraid of a new breed of terrorism but hardly over the psychological scars of enduring decades of terror inflicted by the Irish Republican Army. Provocative, tense, and inspired, and featuring another remarkable performance by Coltrane in his best role, Cracker: A New Terror is a great way to close out the series. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter films) comes back for a purported final turn in the role that made him famous: the brilliant but deeply flawed forensic psychologist Dr. Edward 'Fitz' Fitzgerald; the feature-length episode offers an edgy, contemporary crime drama dealing with hot-button political issues; includes 45-minute retrospective documentary.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitz returns! August 13, 2007
Robbie Coltrane is back in this thriller...he's older, fatter, and even more restless and risks his family, the admiration of his son, and his time with his new granddaughter, to "get on" with an intriguing case. Someone is killing people by breaking their necks. In the meantime you really get into the head of the killer, who is a vulnerable, sympathetic character and you gain a different perspective on the IRA problem. All the regulars appear in this full-length episode and I was thrilled to get back to the series; so well-acted, each and every character perfectly cast, as always. Poor Mrs. Fitz; she can't get her husband to hang around and just play the grandfather! I hope they will make more Cracker episodes..!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Viewers Had Best Give It a Miss July 28, 2008
"Cracker: A New Terror," a free-standing episode of the highly-popular, highly-acclaimed, award-winning British 1990's television detective series -- it made its initial debut in 1993 -- was made by Granada, in 2006, for British Independent Television (ITV). It was seen in the United States on BBC America, and released here on DVD in late 2007. The mystery/thriller was written by the veteran Jimmy McGovern, creator of the series, and writer of some of its strongest episodes, and directed by Antonia Bird (The Hamburg Cell.) It stars, as usual, Robbie Coltrane, who since this 1990s TV triumph that first made him famous, has gone on to burnish his name on the bigger screen in Ocean's Twelve; the "Harry Potter" series, and a couple of "James Bond 007s." It is billed as the final episode of "Cracker," though some of us surely hope not.

In this feature-length production, Coltrane reprises his title role as Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, controversial criminologist, abrasive, arrogant and brilliant psychologist. Coltrane dominates the film, of course, with his powerful portrayal of his character. At any rate, Fitz, his long-suffering wife Judith (Barbara Flynn), and their youngest son supposedly have lived as ex-pats in Australia for nearly a decade, while he grapples with his addictions to drink, cigarettes and gambling. They now return to their hometown, Manchester, for the wedding of his daughter. Fitz is, of course, older, fatter, and grayer, and, as a further result of his heavy indulgences, he's looking into Viagra.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Cracks Appear in Fitz' Family Life January 5, 2008
Fitz is so endearing because he is truly flawed. He smokes, gambles and definitely drinks too much. Just ask his daughter what she thinks about the toast he gave to her groom at their wedding. Yet, he manages to solve the latest string of murder cases by interrogating and exposing the culprit even though the police constable doesn't really listen to his ideas. And Fitz is brutally honest to his wife when he admits to her that he would rather spend time with the police officers than with his own grandchild. In response to the reviewers who thought the episode was too political and anti-American, I say that Cracker has always taken on the controversial issues of it's time. That is one of the factors which make the detective story seem realistic and intriguing to its fans. The worthwhile special features on the DVD include interviews with Robbie Coltrane, Jimmy McGovern, Barbara Flynn, Chris Eccleston and other members of the cast and creative team.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not just stupid, but boring too. July 21, 2009
Recently, AV Club had an article decrying the anti-hero as an overused trope. Dr. House, Tony Soprano, Nurse Betty, Larry David have taken over and now no one can be simply heroic without having a major drug problem or being a sociopath. While I don't completely agree with the article, I kept thinking about when I saw this creation.

Robbie Coltrane who is usually quite funny and amusing is straitjacketed by this character. He's surly and mean. His drunken rants which embarrass his daughter at her wedding and lead him to ignore his wife and kid would be endearingly iconoclastic if he wasn't so nasty about it. He's like those people whom you think are being amusingly cranky for effect (Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Seasons 1-6 has Larry David swearing and cursing his way through life for example) but then turn out to be just meanspirited. This is a shame since Hugh Laurie has a similar character with Dr. House and yet he makes the cranky vicodin addict strangely endearing (and sometimes agonizingly repentant and human). Maybe the series was better, but I have only this DVD to judge. And in this particular two hour movie, he's just an awful unpleasant crank. If I want to spend two hours with awful unpleasant drunks, I'll visit my cousins more often.

However, the horrible main character is only part of the problem. The show would even rate a couple of stars if only the story wasn't so dull. Moving at a snail's pace, the story about a former British soldier dealing with his PTSD by killing Americans plods along with a horrible dullness. He's not an engaging villain. The tension is non-existent and everything is just leading to an inevitable confrontation without surprises.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish!
I really enjoyed the Cracker series, until this episode. Robbie Coltrane brought this gritty character to life, but, at best, he was just an afterthought in this episode. Read more
Published 21 months ago by BuckeyeBaby
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic!
Pro Taliban anti-American crap! Unbelievable. Don't waste your time! Tragic end to a once great series. I cannot believe this was even made. Outrageous!
Published 21 months ago by Brian K. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the previous standard
I imagine Robbie Coltrane and Jimmy McGovern had high hopes for this reunion. But apparently Mr. McGovern had a political ax to grind that got in the way of creating a truly... Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Keith Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story with a sympathetic killer and a somewhat...
This is the final episode in the very fine and enjoyable story about a psychologist, Fitz, who has severe disruptive psychological problems: he drinks and gambles too much and he... Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Israel Drazin
3.0 out of 5 stars One last time...
OK. This is Cracker's last story, and it works hard on getting things set pretty quickly. You miss some old characters but that's the way some of these "reunion" last episodes... Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by Worfer77
5.0 out of 5 stars The same but different
It doesn't really seem plausible that Fitz could survive away from Manchester's Police department. Presumably he's found similar work in Australia. Read more
Published on September 26, 2010 by bob turnley
1.0 out of 5 stars Let it go
Old fat detectives that don't grow up? Charming back in 1993 not so much anymore. I got the set when it didn't include this one and it was intriguing and charming, and who... Read more
Published on July 8, 2010 by K. Flagg
3.0 out of 5 stars Fitz is back
This might have been called 'the Return of Cracker', since Fitz has been in Australia for a decade and returns to find a new Manchester. This one is fueled by drug money. Read more
Published on February 16, 2009 by Richard B. Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Again, if you like this series buy it here.
This is a movie adapted from the british tv series, it takes places several years after the series has ended, for the fans of this series it is a must have and as always Amazon has... Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by JMF JR
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have paid attention to other reviews!!!!!
Wow, this is most certainly NOT as good as the previous 3 Cracker DVD's.
I should have minded the reviews and not bought it, because it was one long tirade against anything... Read more
Published on September 18, 2008 by C. J.
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