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Cracker - Series 2 (1998)

Geraldine Somerville , Robbie Coltrane , Charles McDougall , Jean Stewart  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Geraldine Somerville, Robbie Coltrane, Graham Aggrey, Lorcan Cranitch, Ricky Tomlinson
  • Directors: Charles McDougall, Jean Stewart, Julian Jarrold, Michael Winterbottom, Richard Standeven
  • Writers: Jimmy McGovern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 468 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X2EU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cracker - Series 2" on IMDb

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Second in a series of three DVD releases of the popular PBS Mystery series; including 9 hours of programming. Robbie Coltrane's outstanding creation of 'Fitz', in the PBS series Cracker 1 continues his journey as a criminal psychologist in three more episodes: To be a Somebody, The Big Crunch, and Men Should Weep. 'Fitz' combats personal crises and professional challenges when racism, religion, and murder get in his way.

Cracker: Series 1 was fine--a terrific premiere and two interesting sequels introduced freelance police psychologist Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Robbie Coltrane) and his family and colleagues—but series 2 is unexpectedly and vastly superior. The three miniseries included on these discs are exemplary thrillers (even better than the first trio), but the real leap forward is in the stories' deepening complexity and fascinating intertwining of Fitz's strained relationships and work.

"To Be a Somebody" begins where series 1 left off. Fitz and his wife, Judith (Barbara Flynn), and two kids are living together again, but the rotund profiler--still juggling multiple addictions to booze, gambling, nicotine, and overall self-destructiveness--is on a new, downward spiral. His name is also mud with Detective Chief Inspector Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston) and would-be lover and police detective Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville). But a series of class-anger killings by a psychotic welder-turned-skinhead pulls Fitz into a case so disastrous that every major and minor character is profoundly affected. Portraying the murderer, Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) is brilliant, as terrifying and sympathetic as Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle.

The emotional and dramatic fallout of "To Be Somebody" carries over to "The Big Crunch," in which Fitz's relationship with Jane intensifies while he pursues a religious cult that may be responsible for a girl's abduction. The final story, "Men Should Weep," concerns an investigation into an unnerving string of rapes by a masked, mutilated cab driver. More startling is a link between these crimes and eruptive events in the lives of Fitz, Judith, Jane, and thickheaded, thorn-in-the-side copper Jimmy Beck (Lorcan Cranitch). A breathtaking climax and shocking, cliffhanger ending make "Men Should Weep" a must-see for thriller fans. --Tom Keogh

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marriage, Life, and Whiskey - all on the rocks. December 30, 2003
File "Cracker" series two under that rare category of "Great Television Seasons of All-Time."
The second season of Cracker picks up a short while after the events of series one. On the personal front, Fitz and his wife are still coping with their marriage issues while at the same time he deals with a rather put-out Jane Penhaligon and the affair that wasn't. On the professional front, the gambling debts weigh a little heavier as Fitz finds his police work curbed courtesy of a standing grudge between himself and DCI Bilborough over their last case together.
Into these lives come three extraordinary stories and a cast of characters that will irreversibly change the course of events in Fitz's world. The first story, "To Be A Somebody", is considered the strongest of all three seasons. It features a tour de force performance by Robert Carlyle of "Trainspotting" fame in a teleplay that discourses vitriolically on themes of immigration, family, and class warfare. The second story, "The Big Crunch", features Jim Carter (Brassed Off) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report) in a melancholy tale of greys in the decidedly black and white world of organized religion. The final story of the season, "Men Should Weep" offers no denouement and no respite, a powerful and personal story that will leave you waiting breathlessly for the release of series three.
Through all the tales of crime and punishment, the story of Fitz and his life is interweaved. The beauty of the show, indeed its greatest strength, is in how seemlessly that story is told and how it manages to compliment the overarching plot of each episode. "Cracker" is as good as television gets, and season two is the very best of a great series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitz Review December 15, 2010
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This is one of the best series television has ever produced. Dr. "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Robbie Coltrane) is as reprehensible and great psychologist as ever in this terrific 2nd series. All 3 stories are well played and well written. Some terrific performances by future star character actors, Robert Carlyle and Samantha Morton. I think the standout is the first story of three episodes, "To be a Somebody". Robert Carlyle is outstanding in this, arguably, the best episode of the series.

As far as the DVD set is concerned, it's nicely boxed, but if looking for extras, you won't find any. Nonetheless, anyone with an interest in British TV, you can't go wrong with this fantastic series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Drama January 11, 2009
This review is about the episode 'To Be Somebody', which is available separately in the UK. I first watched this when it aired in 1994. It was the first episode of Cracker I watched and I thought it was fantastic. I was only 20. Add the best part of 15 years and I've finally watched it again... So now what do I make of it?

I'm surprised I didn't come back to this sooner. Coltrane is perfect as Fitz. Many have tried to play the angry, hard-drinking detective but nobody comes within a country mile of this acid-tongued colossus. He is hilarious at times, genius, tragic and brutal at others. A chain-smoking, workaholic, alocoholic, womanizer who also likes an 'occasional' flutter. Add to that, the utterly convincing performance of Robert Carlyle as psychotic skin headed killer, Albie Kinsella; the beautiful and poignant writing of Jimmy McGovern; and a rock-solid supporting cast (including a great Christopher Eccleston, Ricky Tomlinson and sultry Geraldine Somerville as `Panhandle') and it is pretty incomparable.

If you like crime dramas and haven't seen Cracker, get this episode, you'll probably buy the boxset. If, like me, you thought it was good at the time but have forgotten just how good, do yourself a favour and give it another go, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker: To be somebody August 22, 2011
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Well played as a drama. High impact. Crude and raw english story. Robbie Coltrain play's it well. Worth watching the fast moving mental action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Series April 12, 2007
By Paula
From BBC,another terrific series. As good as Prime Suspect, it's about the on-going core characters - all with their own psychological quirks, strengths and weaknesses as well as the crimes they need to solve.

Great acting, writing. Suspenseful.

Now waiting for series 3, 1 & 2 are definately keepers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius July 23, 2008
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Cracker is an amazing series. Although sometimes a little slow to get you into the story, there is always a point to it. The stories can also be a little depressing too. If you are looking for something lighthearted, turn away. If you want a good gritty series to get into, buy this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping June 1, 2007
Brilliant and gripping drama. Robbie Coltrane is perfectly cast as the brilliant criminal psychologist with a ironically disastrous personal life. My partner usually can't concentrate for five minutes, but she's glued to the screen whenever Cracker is on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unsung Hero in Crime Series January 7, 2010
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This series, featuring a dyspeptic, choleric psychiatrist played by Robbie Coltrane, is absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless.
Right up there with Wallander, Beck and Spiral.
Published 1 month ago by Todd Hendricks
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good series
Published 3 months ago by Frances L. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as season 1
Plots get more and more macabre, yuck factor becomes too strong. But Robbie Coltrane is still out of this world.
Published 5 months ago by wise old owl
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker - Most Interesting Character
I wish I could be so outspoken! Cracker doesn't hold back and speaks his mind. Please read my review of Cracker, Series 1.
Published 8 months ago by LHoose
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought and pleasure
Despite the irascible character of Fitz, the characters are hard not to like, and the episodes are paced well enough to be entertaining and prompt some thought about one's own... Read more
Published 11 months ago by PBS Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker Season 2
Once again he can be my favorite cracker. He doesn't look the part, but he seems like the doctor who helps with profiling to be very normal. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gloria Wein
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series.
Enjoyed this series. Stories very interesting and well acted. I have all the Cracker series and enjoyed them all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert F Marnul
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Cracker
I like him and love his wife, even if he is a. Little crazy . You don't see to many healthy people in staring roles. That my main reason for watching the program
Published 13 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I have always liked Cracker, I saw a season years ago , how nice that I could get more seasons, only wish they had all of the episods of all of the seasons :)
Published 14 months ago by Jacqueline Brubaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Cool British Mystery/Cop Thriller Series!
Seriously Cool British Mystery/Cop Thriller Series! Ok, Cracker just rocks - he's a world-class drinker, smoker and need do well - yet he continually redeems himself with his fine... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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