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Prime Suspect 3 (1994)

Helen Mirren , Tom Bell , David Drury  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, Karen Tomlin, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Writers: Lynda La Plante
  • Producers: Lynda La Plante, Paul Marcus, Sally Head
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X2ESS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prime Suspect 3" on IMDb

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Helen Mirren is Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison and has been transferred to a new station and now has the job of cleaning up the streets of Soho. D.C.I. Tennison takes the team into the underworld of teenage prostitution, pornography and runaways in the third season of Prime Suspect.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only one to buy after the first. February 25, 2004
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The only Prime Suspect installment (other than the original) to be authored by Lynda La Plante, Prime Suspect 3 once again displays the hallmarks of La Plante's journalistic research base for creating fictional characters. In this case, "rent boys" are the fuel: young male prostitutes/street kids, and in particular one heartbreaking interview where a rent boy had told La Plante that he couldn't have AIDS, because he was only 15.
Tennison finds herself investigating the burned body of a murdered rent boy found in a drag queen's flat, and begins to discover criminal ties from a community center that lead up into the highest ranks of the police, and she doesn't know whom to trust. Also, her old nemesis from PS1, Bill Otley, is part of her new team. With the amazing Helen Mirren, and an extraordinary support cast including Tom Bell, Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, and Peter Capaldi, this is, after the original, the strongest installment in the series.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better acting than television usually offers March 28, 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Happy day! All of the Prime Suspect movies have made it to DVD.
I saw these in the early 90s on A&E and was astounded by how good Helen Mirren was, working inside an organization that did not always want her to succeed (apparently she is too good a detective to ignore, but as a woman - and her own woman - her flaws get her in trouble with her superiors).
All the flaws of society and of the police in her part of the UK visit her. Like the rest of us, she tries the best she can to do her job, in this case, to lead a team of detectives and ordinary police to solve the violent crimes she faces in post-Thatcher England.
Riveting stuff. Incredibly well written, but occasional strong language may put some off. (Older DVDs released by PBS had the expletives dubbed over, badly done. I've reordered these in DVD and am hoping it's the original UK version, bad language and all. Hardly gratuitous, though)
For TV, only the Sopranos comes close to the level of these five mini-series (ok, maybe some other Masterpiece Theatre productions are this good, but this one's contemporary).
Some of Mirren's best work is here. See them if you can!
Thank you for doing the right thing, media moguls, and getting these to DVD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disturbing Episode, But A Great Crime Series June 25, 2009
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I have all seven Prime Suspect films in their HBO-produced DVD release, which replicates the original UK broadcast language and technical quality. (Yay!) Why? I consider this series to be on the same plane as The Sopranos in quality, style and substance. It gets brought out regularly for viewing because of the compelling story lines, intriguing characters, fine ensemble acting, and Helen Mirren's multi-layered development of her character, DCI (later Detective Superintendant) Jane Tennison, as she matures during her long career.

Full disclosure: I too was a female who worked hard and struggled for decades to be promoted within a traditionally male profession, long before women became accepted and respected members. So, Jane's professional competence and occasional brilliance, workplace struggles and personal failings resonate with me.

IMO Prime Suspect 3 is the best but most disturbing film in the series. It's not for everyone. This is the very dark and graphic depiction of the abuse of disturbed and homeless boys by pedophiles who have operated unchecked for years, and of one underage male prostitute's murder that threatens to expose the coverup of some high-ranking officers' complicity and crimes. Tennison's dogged pursuit of Connie's killer is the only uplifting thing about this sordid subject.

What truly distinguishes PS3 is a plethora of brilliant and unusual guest star turns. In particular: Peter Capaldi as an empathetic gay drag queen; Ciaran Hinds as an oily operator of boys shelters; David Thewlis as a savage prostitution ring recruiter; and Tom Bell as an old-school detective and Tennison's one-time nemesis. IMO the casting directors for this entire series were geniuses, but they outdid themselves in this episode.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dealing in stereotypes July 3, 2007
In several of the entries in the "Prime Suspect" series Helen Mirren, as Detective Chief Inspector (later Superintendant) Jane Tennison and the writing have richly deserved all the accolades that have been heaped upon them over nearly twenty years, but that unfortunately is not the case here. This is the only entry besides the first that was written by the series creator Lynda LaPlante, but the writing is extremely weak. This time, Tennison is trying to uncover the truth about a gay pedophilic ring that involves murder, molestation, and child pornography, and all the gay characters Tennison interviews are either delicate victims or monstrous predators (or both). Everything seems lurid and sensationalistic. The director, David Drury, made the ghastly choice to have a boy's choir pipe in incessantly every time Tennison's detectives come across one of the young street hustlers, as if we might forget that innocence has been corrupted. We are also treated to such cliches as fluttery drag queens and menacing AIDS-infected children who inflict deadly bites on the detectives; and it's no good excusing all this by chalking it up to the attitudes of the times, because by 1994 LaPlante truly should have known better. The stereotyping of gay characters is so excessive that in the first episode I knew that there'd have to be at least one suicide attempt among the gay characters: there are no less than three of these, and since two of them seem wildly telegraphed ahead of time in Tennison's immediate proximity she seems like a terrible detective. And she doesn't seem much better as a boss, either, this time around. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was a great series. Sad to see it end
This was a great series. Sad to see it end. But it did end very well. I love British drama, so was not disappointed.
Published 20 hours ago by Chloe Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting, script and plot are outstanding. Don't start ...
Acting, script and plot are outstanding. Don't start here though. Start at series 1 as there is some significant continuity even though the plots are independent.
Published 17 days ago by Rick I. Suberman
4.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE BRIT CRIME
The Prime Suspect Series is a brutal but engrossing portrayal of British crime with the vulnerable but undefeatable Helen Mirren and a captivating cast.
Published 1 month ago by William Hendricks
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Parts of it seem to drag on. The sound is also weird and hard to understand at times.
Published 1 month ago by drm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm enjoying Helen Mirren in these shows.
Published 1 month ago by irry0712
4.0 out of 5 stars Mirren makes the show.... what an ...
Mirren makes the show....what an actress.
Published 1 month ago by Marvin M. Kowalewski, PhD
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Acting!
Actually this review is for parts one and two.

After the first hour the words that continually came to me were "Superb Acting! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnee
4.0 out of 5 stars Mirren Stars Again
Jane Tennison has a new territory, but you will see some familiar faces from previous seasons. You will also see a young Ciaran Hinds playing manager of an Advice Center for young... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. M. Keefer
4.0 out of 5 stars Many layered Mystery
British Mysteries are complex and you have to pay attention. We have a DVR so when British accents get tricky to understand; we can play it again.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Yergeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
I think the first 3series of Prime Suspect are some of the best TV ever made. Hellen Mirren plays a complicated character with depth and understatement and the supporting cast is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Van Tijn
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