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Prime Suspect 5 (1997)

Helen Mirren , John McArdle , Philip Davis  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, John McArdle, Julia Lane, David O'Hara, John Brobbey
  • Directors: Philip Davis
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ADB5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prime Suspect 5" on IMDb

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Helen Mirren is Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the fifth of the series Prime Suspect that aired on PBS in January, 1992. Having been demoted and transferred to the north, D.C.I. Tennison finds herself under-used until she gets a case where a 12-year-old-boy confesses to murder.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply breathtaking March 2, 2007
By D. Noel
As in every film she appears in, Helen Mirren takes my breath away in Prime Suspect 5. It's impossible to take your eyes off her when she's on screen, and I can watch her movies endlessly and always find new depth in her characterizations. This entry in the series is just as good as 1,2,3,6 and 7 (4 was still good, but broken up into shorter stories, so for me not as impactful). Mirren is divine, and as much as I love all her performances, her embodiment of the complex, lonely and deeply ethical Tennison will always be my favorite.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, inspiring and suspenseful! March 17, 2006
Superior police detective drama--it doesn't get better than this!! I watched every episode of this series as it came out and recently rented the whole series and watched it from beginning to end. It is enthralling and mesmerizing--I never get tired of it.

I particularly like that Prime Suspect 5 is set in Manchester--great accents! Too bad they don't do subtitles--it takes a little time to get used to.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Miniseries!! September 27, 2004
I remember watching Prime Suspect 5: Errors Of Judgement when it was shown on PBS. Nothing was on television at the time and I was scanning different channels. I started watching the miniseries in the midst of the first episode. After the first ten minutes I was hooked! I even watched it again when PBS decided to repeat it!!Helen Mirren is amazing as Detective Jane Tennison!In this outing Tennison is demoted and starts working in Manchester. As soon as Tennison gets back on duty she recieves an assignment: a murder. I don't want to go into too many details. There are a few twists and turns and suspense moments. You will even keep guessing at the end.We even still get to see more of Jane's personal life.The standout performance in this set goes to Steven Mackintosh hands down!! Everytime he's on screen your eyes will stay on him. He's so despicable, cocky, and clever but likable at the same time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of cinematic art August 8, 2007
I originally watched the series 5 episodes while in London on the BBC. I was enthralled by the depth of the characters and the real life portrayal of the events. Helen Mirren is in a class by herself. "The Street" is one of the best "bad guys" ever created, cocky, bold and brutal. This series may be too realistic for some, it can be a little disturbing at times. Best cop series I have ever seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting crime film August 23, 2011
Helen Mirren is a very good actress and plays the part of Detective Inspector Jane Tennison well. She is a very outspoken person and, despite her 22 years of successful police work, she is transferred to a slum area because of her outspokenness and insistence on doing things her own way. The officers with whom she now needs to work cause her problems. Her superior officer at first only gives her speeches to make. However, when a murder is committed, he assigns the case to her. He is a married man who wants to sleep with her. She also wants to sleep with him. His police philosophy is radically different than hers. While she wants to rid the area of crime, he just wants to "contain" it, stop it from spreading. Her new crew of about a half dozen officers mocks her behind her back. The principle criminal, called The Street, is highly respected by the slum dwellers and even by her crew. Viewers will see her show her determination to clean up crime in the area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem in Manchester December 31, 2010
By Anne
Jane is transferred to Manchester and the three young people working under her are thrilled to be working with the well known and sophisticated London DCI, Jane Tennison, while her boss, the married DCS Ballinger is definitely interested in an affair. All of this is quite different from her London experiences, but a little disconcerting, too. Jane is not sure who to trust and who to believe.

A drug dealer is killed. When a young boy confesses, Jane doesn't believe him, but a sociopathic drug lord named "The Street" who is also looking for the killer, isn't sure. The Street always seems to be a few steps ahead of her in her investigation and Jane believes that one of her crew, possibly DI Devanney, a female detective, is supplying him with information.

Nothing is as it seems and there are a lot of surprises and many suspenseful scenes in this BBC movie before Jane puts all of it together. This is a violent, but superior drama in a superior English series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Dramatic Entertainment May 18, 2008
Helen Mirren is the commsumate actress in all seven years of this well-paced and excellently directed series, and along with superbly cast supporting character actors, this season is no exception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! November 12, 2007
By robby
I have seen this episode twice and never tire of the
story or the acting..the characterizations are nothing
short of brilliant starting of course with dame helen
mirren..there have been few actresses of this calibre
in the british cinema for ages..the supporting cast are
equally believable and moreso in some cases..e.g. the
black boy Michael did a magnificent job as the criminal
he was portraying. Andlast but not least Daniel Mackintosh was superb as the pyschopathic killer, the
Street..he has quite an acting history for one reasonably noteaable contrast was his protrayal of the
very young and bewildered pilot in Memphis Belle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertains show
Great series. I like the way the team comes together to solve the mysteries/ murders. The program moves along with twists and turns in the plots
Published 2 days ago by P. K. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this?
I guess when this was filmed 20 years ago I was busy watching Sesame Street with young kids - but it's a fantastic series, and Helen Mirren is wonderful as a British detective. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Enjoy the "edge of your seat" plots, great casting, Helen Mirren couldn't be better. Enjoyed watching how DCI Tennison's character evolved throughout the series. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Chi-town
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar program
An award winning series. Once you begin with season one you will not want to stop watching Prime suspect until the finale.
Great story line, acting, and plots.
Published 9 days ago by Lucy Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Start from Season 1
This series just keeps getting better. I can see why Helen Mirren has gone on to do great things as an actor.
Published 11 days ago by B Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever
The best British detective show ever..Well written storylines and Helen Mirren deserves an Emmy for all 7 talented the best female character ever..
Published 11 days ago by Georgia C. Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Great story lines and very good performances by most of the major actors. Helen Mirren give outstanding performance in this series.
Published 15 days ago by DL in LA
4.0 out of 5 stars High Drama -Sensational intrigue
Compelling story, real life and captivating. Very interesting story lines, left me wanting more. Helen is a tremendous talent and I would love to see her in other police or law... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leroy B.
I like this series because of the setting in Britain and I get to see their approach to crime. I also like the fact that the lead detective, Jane Tennison, is a woman and unlike... Read more
Published 1 month ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good season 5
Another well done season, looking forward to the next two. Great scripts and wonderful acting as always by Helen Mirren.
Published 1 month ago by Dellyn R.
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