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Prime Suspect 3 (1994)

Helen Mirren , Peter Capaldi , David Drury  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Peter Capaldi, Michael Shannon, Gregg Saunders, David Thewlis
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Writers: Lynda La Plante
  • Producers: Lynda La Plante, Paul Marcus, Sally Head
  • Format: 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X2ESS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,527 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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24 of 24 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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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dealing in stereotypes July 3, 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
This is one of the best series BBC has produced and I've seen most of them. The acting is superb and the writing and story line is wonderful.
Published 15 days ago by Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Helen Mirren great!
Good plot, fine acting -- a great series from Britain as always. BBC never disappoints viewers with their mysteries or dramas/
Published 16 days ago by ishmael
5.0 out of 5 stars Blimey Sherlock that girls got it!
Really good show. Enjoy the plot lines and the fact there's no violence or swearing. It is a good all around show the whole family can watch.
Published 25 days ago by marji tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different
I likes it sometimes the language is rough but the story line was good.
I liked the lead character. I thought she was convincing
Published 26 days ago by Rena00
4.0 out of 5 stars It's entertaining and holds surprises
This series is very entertaining and holds surprises. Helen Mirren is a good actor and shows her ability become her character.
Published 29 days ago by Carole Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars EDWARD PARKER JONES
This is my favorite episode of Prime Suspect. It deals with homosexuality and drag queens and of course rent boys. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shriekman65
4.0 out of 5 stars The who's who series
Not necessarily as tight a story as the first two seasons but incredible acting by everyone with an amazing supporting cast of a list British actors
Published 1 month ago by L. S. Howley
4.0 out of 5 stars keeps you interested lots of subterfuge amount characters.
Good show but moves a little slow, characters are interesting and plenty of subplots within the main plot. Could use a little more action.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful
I am working my way through the entire series. So far I have not been disappointed by anything I have seen. Please see my review of Season 1, for a full review. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
This is one of the best series I've seen in a long time. It stays the course with suspense and gripping drama. Other series start off good and then drop the ball, NOT THIS ONE.
Published 1 month ago by kathy david
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