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Cracker - The Complete Third Season (1995)

Robbie Coltrane , Michael Pennington , Richard Standeven  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Michael Pennington, Dennis Chan, Freda Foh Shen, Barnaby Kay
  • Directors: Richard Standeven
  • Writers: Jimmy McGovern, Paul Abbott
  • Producers: Delia Fine, Gub Neal, Hilary Bevan Jones
  • Format: Box set, Color, 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: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 465 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ADB50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cracker - The Complete Third Season" on IMDb

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Third 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? as a criminal psychologist, who battles his own personal problems while trying to solve cases of murder. In Cracker: Lucky White Ghost `Fitz' is called upon to solve a serial murder investigation in Hong Kong where local police have no experience with serial killers.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down to a fantastic series December 31, 2008
By Kendra
First of all, I want to say straight out that every Cracker episode prior to this one definitely deserves 5 stars. This one, however, is the final compilation (in UK, it's released as series 1 and 2-- not divided into 3 seasons) and, it's a complete let down to the earlier episodes. White Ghost, the finale (not including the 2006 episode that also has nothing to do with earlier episodes)is the poorest conclusion for a character-driven series that I've ever seen.

During the series, we met Fitz, a brash, alcohol-guzzling, chain-smoking psychologist. He is brilliant. He understands everything going on around him and can read a person like a book. Watching him is an experience. The stories are so well-written and the characters so intense, that this entire series (up until what is sold here as the Third Season) is a joy.

But, the third and final season just doesn't tie up any of the loose ends. It gives some suggestion, but nothing really. And, by Fitz' mention of Penhaligan in the last episode here, any question that you might have felt had been answered was obviously incorrect.

In the episode just prior to White Ghost, we find out Penhaligan has given her resignation. We find out how Cracker truly feels about his wife (well, kind of-- as he walks out of the hospital leaving her standing alone). And, that's that.

In the last episode, we never see any closure. And, Fitz calls home, too, and his wife lives there! And, he asks for Penhaligan to be sent to Hong Kong to help with his case, and she can't come. But, that's all. So, we never find out how these three are now interacting with eachother and that's the biggest letdown after all this character buildup from the prior episodes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pity it's the last June 1, 2007
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Great wind-up to the series. The casting is perfect. As always, the stories are thought-provoking and gritty, but told with humour and compassion. Buy all three series, and watch them in order, or you'll miss the carefully crafted progression through the main characters' lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker - The Complete Third Season March 8, 2007
Love the series bought all three. Couldn't go wrong to purchase the DVD's. Great acting, very well written.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series April 11, 2008
To those that have never seen this british crime series I say buy it you won't regret it, I had seen it off and on on PBS for years but this was the first time I came accross the entire collection.Robbie Coltrane ( from Harry Potter Fame) is an outstanding talent in the series and it is done so well, for those that don't know him, he has been a very popular stage and screen actor in Great Britan for years .
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5.0 out of 5 stars cracker - the complete third season March 26, 2009
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Excellent service. The items arrived quickly and I totally enjoyed all the episodes. I wish they had more seasons to buy (I've bought all of the cracker seasons I could find on the amazon website, and hated for them to end.)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hagrid rules March 13, 2007
How can you be angry, enthralled and perplexed all at the same time-watch this series. I need to hit the pause button just so I can catch my breath. Highly entertaining
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as subtle as season 1, but still great May 18, 2014
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As the episodes continue on, the violence and pathology escalate. People's behavior becomes more and more extreme and improbable. That said, this is still a delightful series, far above most TV crime material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker review May 4, 2014
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I like this series. It's an excellent price & the quality is perfect. It's well worth the 5 star rating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie Coltrane is priceless
One of the best detective stories to come out of Britain.
Published 3 days ago by S. barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a good series dark and disturbing but excellent!!!
Published 5 days ago by Dylan Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars More Endeavour and More Zen
Wonderful, all of these series. Great actors like Shaun Evans Roger Allam, Robbie Coltrane, backed by by a fine ensemble of actors in the best tradition of British theater. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lee Gillespie
4.0 out of 5 stars CRACKER - Love the Character
Cracker reminds me somewhat of the character who plays The Mentalist. Difference is that his character is very interesting in the story - complications at home with his wife,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LHoose
5.0 out of 5 stars Firecracker entertainment!
I love the taught suspense and psychological overlay. Robbie Coltrane is well cast as a dysfunctional genius who struggles with his own family..
Published 12 months ago by Andrew Aleksich
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker to the End
Yep he solves the most convoluted mysteries, but can't see his own life get wrung out like a used dish rag. Read more
Published 12 months ago by halh
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracker Season 3
A good murder mystery from a different perspective. The main character is a police psychologist and has a number of faults that make for entertaining viewing.
Published 13 months ago by Dennis Wilkerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Robbie Coltrane
You love him or hate him, or love to hate him. The characters in this show are very real, which is refreshing. They are ALL flawed in one way or another.
Published 14 months ago by WetHam
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracker is terrific
I bought the first one and couldn't stop after that, his acting is terrific, you'll love the entire series. Drama with some comedy thrown in, great!
Published 16 months ago by The Onedin Line Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Cracker
This series was recommended to me by a friend from the UK and I was somewhat fearful it would be in the starchy (but still often great) Masterpiece Theater mold. Wrong. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Pastin
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