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Prime Suspect 4 (1995)

Helen Mirren , Thomas Russell , John Madden , Paul Marcus  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Thomas Russell, James Laurenson, Helene Kvale, Jill Baker
  • Directors: John Madden, Paul Marcus, Sarah Pia Anderson
  • Writers: Eric Deacon, Guy Hibbert, Meredith Oakes, Paul Billing
  • Producers: Brian Park
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ADB5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prime Suspect 4" on IMDb

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Helen Mirren is Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison who is promoted to Detective Superintendent. In this Fourth series three two-hour episodes are included: The Lost Child, Inner Circles, The Scent of Darkness.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Police Drama Continues February 13, 2006
Prime Suspect 4 was different from the prior three series as this had three stories and three episodes instead of one story presented over 3 episodes. Superintendent Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is the no nonsense head detective that sees through the muck to find the killer despite her superior's lack of support.

The Lost Child - Directed by Shakespeare in Love's John Madden. In the usual Prime Suspect twist, Jane has just had an abortion and on her return she is assigned a child abduction case. The Prime Suspect is a man that physically abused his stepdaughter, Chris Hughes (Robert Glenister) but his current girlfriend has given him a solid alibi. When the baby is found dead in a sluice, Jane puts the investigation into overdrive. But when an overzealous police officer shows Hughes' girlfriend a therapy tape, she recants her alibi. This sends the team after the wrong man.

Inner Circles - After a pair of intruders are caught, the owners dead body is found. When the local DCI is "otherwise engaged," Jane is brought in and she is more interested in who did it than keeping the peace of the quiet town. The country club inner circle wants the murder to be charged on the intruders but the facts do not support this. In fact, the victim had financial problems and was involved in a notorious counsel land deal. When Jane figures it out, the killer himself has been murdered. Now she has to prove who was behind it all.

The Scent of Darkness - A woman's body is found and everything points the killer to be Marlowe. But Marlowe is in jail (see Prime Suspect 1). Now Jane has to figure out who is the copycat killer. And is there an additional motive behind the killing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb work by Mirren, et al. July 21, 2005
By tjdinvt
The three stories in this installment of the Prime Suspect series are intense, absorbing, beautifully done. As mentioned in other reviews, the re-casting of the George Marlowe character in 'The Scent of Darkness' is strange, but not fatal to the telling of the tale.

Warning: there are no extras whatsoever in this DVD set (which is why I give it four instead of five stars) -- no commentary, no language/subtitles options, no additional features re: the making or the people involved in the making of, nothing. Just three excellent Jane Tennyson stories.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong George Marlowe but always right Jane Tennison February 11, 2004
Another reviewer at Amazon was exactly right in pinpointing the weakness of this entry in the series as being the decision to revisit the Marlowe character from Prime Suspect 1 but with a different actor playing him. The first Marlowe had such an interesting ambiguity, a likeability and seeming sympathy, that this one, albeit a good actor, unfortunately can not match. That said, however, that the actual crime being investigated is the least convincing part of Prime Suspect 4 doesn't lessen the episode's impact. Prime Suspect's "not as good" is still loads better than most other crime dramas, the reason being that Jane Tennison is such a compelling character and she is surrounded with equally complex supporting figures. Several of the key cast members in Prime Suspect 4 are detectives and superior officers that we've gotten to know in the preceding episodes. The fact that the case necessitates a re-opening of the Marlowe case, the case upon which Tennison's career as a D.C.I. was established, makes this an even more intimate look at her personality, how she works with her colleagues and how that, combined with departmental politics, impact on her approach and effectiveness in her work. Her private life takes on more significance here for her current lover, a psychologist, has participated in a book written on the case. The intelligence of the series, however, is that we are seeing more of her personal life not to make this into a chick flick melodrama but to examine more closely the workings of her professional world and her particular place in it both as a woman and as the very individual woman she is.
And yes, Jane is still having some issues with smoking.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, psychologically intense and gratifying!! March 17, 2006
Don't worry--Helen Mirren is as electrifying in this three episode series as she ever was. This series raises the bar on police detective drama--the psychological intensity and complexity are second to none!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Detective March 7, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
I like Helen Mirren's character of Jane Tennison so much that I have begun collecting the entire series. Her character is very intense, very thorough, brilliant, and at times frustratingly obnoxious, but I think that she is the best female detective to hit the airways. I realize that she only makes one or two "Prime Suspect" movies a year, but every one that I have seen exceptional and worth the wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT CAPTIONED ON AMAZON PRIME August 14, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
this actually is a very good series that I was watching on Netflix where captioning was supported through roku...
Netflix lost rights to this series and it has been acquired by Amazon but captioning is not available for whatever reason on Amazon...So I spent some time looking at the Amazon streaming videos and I found that captioning availability is very "spotty".... In fact is terrible....Almost everything on Netflix is now captioned but on Amazon is only minimal...Probably just enough to get by the fed requirements .....I can't watch this without captioning...Even with hearing aids and an Oticon TV Connect which steams the TV sound directly to the aids and is because of the British accents....C'mon Amazon you can do better than this ...You have to if you are going to make it in video streaming....
Actually I love Amazon for shopping and for books on Kindle and I have prime for fast shipping but would definitely not get for the video svc.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Outstanding series. I wish each series was longer. Helen Mirren is fantastic in her role, and the supporting cast is excellent.
Published 6 days ago by Robert A. Barrette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love this show! It has very intense acting and is so authentic, I was into every episode and on the edge of my seat the whole time.
Published 9 days ago by Ansmithgie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent
The strong portrayal of Helen Mirren's Jane Tennyson does not disappoint in series four. Wish more series were produced for viewing.
Published 11 days ago by Stacie M Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Super suspeneful!
Great cliffhanger! I would watch lots more of these; they really keep your interest throughout the show. Thanks, Amazon Prime.
Published 17 days ago by Diane Wonhof
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Mirren at her best
We have started watching this series from the start. In Season 4 the second episode it goes to full screen and much easier to watch. Love it watch it and enjoy real crime drama.
Published 19 days ago by B Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane scores another hit.
I just finished all the series. It is easy to see why Helen Mirren is an Oscar winner. She is great in this series.
Published 22 days ago by Kendall Kinyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Mirren shines!
Prime Suspect is really about a prime star. It's a good police procedural...but one watches for Helen Mirren...and her next ill-chosen lover...
Published 22 days ago by R.Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely TV at it's best
Helen Mirren is wonderful in this role. She ages 25 years over the series. How they did that I don't know. We have no American shows that can match this. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Old Geezett
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Series
This is 90's detective show that has held up well over the years. Helen Mirren, as a gritty detective makes the show. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Thomas R. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
This is one of the best crime series I have ever seen - held my interest throughout. Highly recommend to those who like this genre.
Published 26 days ago by Georgia
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