Cracker - The Complete US Series
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The striking difference between the appearance of the U.S. and UK casts makes sense: in the U.S. version, the cops look and act like American men and women. Robert Pastorelli plays a New Jerseyite transplanted to L.A., not a Scotsman transplanted to Manchester. More important, his Fitz is as much an abusive, arrogant, intellectual bully as Robbie Coltrane's reading and just as worthy of comeuppance. Angela Featherstone portrays an American version of Jane Penhaligon with nuance and subtlety, spot-on for the repressed, passive/aggressive character. Robert Wisdom (more recently of The Wire) plays the Jimmy Beck character without the angst that yielded the Grand Opera character arc (more on that below) of the later Jimmy McGovern-penned UK episodes. Instead, African-American Wisdom embodies the "black vs. blue" issue that's more relevant in the States than in the UK. Smoldering R. Lee Ermey is alternately threatening and paternal as the cops' boss. Carolyn McCormick plays the beleaguered Judith Fitzgerald well, but it's unfortunate that as written she's less fiery and less ethically ambiguous than Barbara Flynn. That's a shortcoming of the U.S. version.Read more ›
When it played on ABC, I'm sure those who were unfamiler
with the U.K. version didn't know what to make of this
show. Pretty damn faithfull to the original version,
American audience's didn't quite know what to make of
it. Way Way too dark for the U.S.. Too Smart??
Most likely. So no matter how good it is, it will fail.
The series was not dumbed down, and many of the episodes
were taken directly from the U.K. versions. Episodes where
there is no such thing as a happy ending.
Americans don't seem to like that. Things that they
have to think about, and things that don't really
work out. But that is life. We don't seem to
be able to grasp reality here in the states.
Anyways the late Robert Pastorelli, equals
Robbie Coltrain's performance as Fitz.
I loved this show when it first premiered, then
it disappeared. I'm so happy to be able to
own it now. It will stand proudly right next
to the U.K.'s Cracker in my DVD collection.
If anything, Granada should have made sure the show could live up to its British cousin. And in a way I think it did. Another comment written here says US audiences don't usually like a challenge when watching tv. Dark stories challenge you and the feel good factor isn't there at all. So maybe the fault is in the network not knowing how what to do with this show. Perhaps if the show was produced now it would be a hit since people are in a darker place in this post 9/11 world. It is a shame we don't have Robert Pastorelli to play Fitz anymore, but I am sure there are other actors out there who would take on such a role.
In some ways wouldn't you say House is a distant cousin of Fitz? And House is a top rating show. So maybe ABC can resurrect Cracker.
The DVD is pretty much a "bare bones" affair . . . there are no extras included and though the back cover of the DVD says "scene selections," they either didn't work on my DVD player or don't exist. Both episodes, including the opening and end credits, played straight through.
My rating for "Cracker" is closer to *** & ½.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love british tv and their movies this meets my expectations. You will enjoyPublished 6 months ago by chip fortune
Came quick and great price, I love all Canadian,British Tv and movies,Mysterys and mayhem is great, Cracker has a great actor playing him and this is a must to watch...Published 7 months ago by chip fortune
Here again corporate decided to cancel an outstanding crime drama series.
Gerry "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a psychologist working with the Los Angeles Police. Read more
Great tv series if you like Josh Hartnett . Havent watched it in a long time ,but it was on of my favorite tv seriesPublished 21 months ago by James D.
This was a great series when it was on TV. So glad I found the DVD. Robert Pastorelli is a fantastic actor....so sad he passed away too soon.Published on August 18, 2013 by Janice A Levin
Interesting series, good acting, keeps you guessing and surprises you. I would recommend it to anyone that likes mystery and suspense.Published on March 23, 2013 by Sierra
THIS IS A GREAT SERIES AND HAS VERY EARLY JOSH HARTNETT AS THE ELDEST SON OF THE DETECTIVE. OVERALL EXCELLENT ACTING AND STORIES. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WAS ONLY ONE SEASON.Published on July 27, 2011 by MIKE E
I won't go into details about this since the other reviewers have done that...but I'll just say..if you were a fan of this Series "Cracker" when it was aired on TV... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by cindell