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Prime Suspect 5 (1997)

Helen Mirren , David O'Hara , Philip Davis  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, David O'Hara, Julia Lane, John Brobbey, John McArdle
  • Directors: Philip Davis
  • Writers: Guy Andrews
  • Producers: Gub Neal, Lynn Horsford, Nicola Shindler, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ADB5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,619 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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I never thought it would happen. May 11, 2009
Format:DVD
I have been watching these shows for the last month and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them, until I saw 5. This is the worst writing of any of them so far with major overacting by the bad guy, completely unrealistic really. All of the gritty realism has been stripped away and replaced with soap opera antics. The writers have also turned Helen Mirren's character into a total dunderhead. What she does at the end is beyond words. It's as if the writers or producers decided to model the show after Murder She Wrote or Matlock or even Columbo. Her character is so much smarter than that and deserves better. Nobody with her level of experience and intelligence would behave so stupidly or put her life at such risk. Even the case is uninteresting. Everyone who watched it with me felt no compassion for the victims or anyone involved for that matter. Usually we are all transfixed from beginning to end. Also, the Manchester accents become hard to decipher at times and in the case of the bad guy, extremely annoying. I certainly hope that 6 and 7 are better than 5 and go back to the quality storytelling that made 1 through 4 so good.
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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
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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 Superlative Dramatic Entertainment May 18, 2008
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
young..one noteaable contrast was his protrayal of the
very young and bewildered pilot in Memphis Belle.
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