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Saving Grace: Season 1 (2010)

Holly Hunter  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Holly Hunter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 576 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MOWQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving Grace: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • Commentary on the pilot and season-finale episodes by series creator-executive producer Nancy Miller, executive producer Gary Randall, and director-executive producer Artie Mandelberg
  • Rapid recap
  • Behind the scenes with Holly Hunter
  • On the Set featurette
  • Conversation with executive producer Gary Randall
  • "Saving Grace" Everlast music video
  • No Ordinary Angel: behind the scenes with Leon Rippy
  • Rhetta: Laura San Giacomo on Her Character featurette
  • Saving Grace: Overview

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Product Description

Holly Hunter stars as a detective who kills a man in a drunken car crash and is given a second chance at life from an angel in this TNT series. Bonuses: episode commentaries, season one rapid recap, featurettes, music video.

There are very few television shows that revolve around a single figure to the extent that Saving Grace does. Then again, there are even fewer that can boast an actor as good as Oscar winner Holly Hunter in the lead role, and Hunter draws on her considerable chops and charms to bring to life a character who, while certainly sympathetic, isn’t always especially likable. Her Grace Hanadarko, a detective working for the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Major Crimes division, is a mess. We’re barely into the pilot episode (the first of thirteen comprising the show’s first season) before we discover that her married partner is just one of Grace’s many bedmates (promiscuous is one way to describe her; slut is another), and that she’s a heavy smoker and drinker and a foul-mouthed, habitual liar. And that’s on her good days. There are reasons for all of this, of course--turns out that the death of her sister in the 1995 terrorist bombing that claimed 168 lives is just one of them--but it’s only when Grace commits a particularly stupid and reckless act that the potential for redemption appears in the form of Earl (Leon Rippy), a tobacco-chewing good ol’ boy who just happens to be an angel. A "last chance angel," to be exact, who suggests that if Grace will simply turn herself over to God, good things will ensue.

It won’t be easy. Despite Earl’s good-natured appeals (along with an occasional spectacular display of God’s awesome powers), Grace is nigh on incorrigible. And while each episode features a crime of some sort, ranging from murder and child abduction to the theft of a million-dollar statue of a steer, creator-writer Nancy Miller (who was an executive producer for The Closer, another TNT series with a strong female lead) focuses much more on Grace’s ongoing struggle to accept Earl’s presence ("Why me?" she asks. "I don’t know," comes the reply) and do something to clean up her life. The show’s bluesy, authentic music (including Everlast’s title tune), dry sense of humor, and sexy tone (Hunter, looking very buff, is nearly nude on numerous occasions) are all positive elements; so’s the supporting cast, especially Rippy and Laura San Giacomo (as a police examiner who’s Grace’s best pal). But Saving Grace is all about Holly Hunter, and by and large that’s a very good thing. Bonus features include audio commentary by Miller and others on two episodes and several short featurettes. --Sam Graham

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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Series Written with Heart and Soul April 8, 2008
This series deals with such intense, fascinating topics as to make it WAY ABOVE the typical lightweight stuff we get on the tube. We follow the adventures of a not-very-sorry sinning police officer, haunted by the ghosts of the Oklahoma bombing, as she navigates the tricky depths of saving her immortal soul. Grace is all about unemotional sex, too much alcohol and cigarettes and a furious temper at the unjustice she daily sees in her job. Added to mix, is the unsolved emotional turmoil of the Oklahoma City Bombing and Timothy McViegh including deaths of her family members. So at this changepoint in her life, Grace is visited by the "archangel Earl". The genuine article, as demonstrated by many miracles, who is sent to Grace and expects her to change her ways. Or is he simply the figment of her over-heated mental/emotional distress? This is tough adult drama with nudity, no easy answers and absolutely worth your time if you are looking for excellence in acting, writing, directing--every detail is rich with meaning. Highest rating.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show! July 15, 2008
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This is not a show for children. There is too much sex, foul language, nudity and disturbing issues for the young viewer. However, this is really deep - even for the Christian viewer. There are many people that believe they are Christians that are more flawed in that belief (believing they don't need to change or re-evaluate their lives) than those that recognize they fall short and are truly flawed. Grace is a "damaged" young woman that is fighting all the hypocrisy in her life and her own self-hatred. I'd like to believe that this shows that it is never too late...
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holly Hunter delivers a breathtaking performance September 2, 2008
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"Saving Grace" is a marvelous showcase for the talents of Holly Hunter. She's fearless in her portrayal of Oklahoma City detective Grace Hanadarko. The way her emotions play across her face - threatening sudden violence like a summer tornado or breaking into a smile that would crack ice - is testimony to a carefully honed talent. There's magic in Holly's voice, whether she's yelling at a suspect to get on the ground or whispering to a friend about a barely repressed childhood trauma.
She's got her finger on the pulse of something elemental.

Of course, that performance wouldn't count if she couldn't rely on a staff of writers who've crafted a character who, despite a sackload of flaws and failures and weaknesses, is a jewel, the kind of person you'd be proud to call a friend. They allow Grace to fail spectacularly, but they never strip her of her basic humanity.

"Saving Grace" is a compelling drama that manages to ask hard, basic questions about existence and the presence and absence of God, all in the context of a police drama. That's pretty heady stuff for network television, even an edgy network like TNT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great female character December 20, 2011
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Saving Grace is a wonderful show with a dynamite cast. Grace's complicated relationship with her family and her best friend make this show worth watching. Her job as a detective and her interactions with her co-workers are also extremely well done.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got Bad? Get Saving Grace. August 29, 2008
I'm not much on new television shows. Most, based on script writing alone, cannot hold my interest. Be that the case, I have always had a passionate feeling toward Holly Hunter, so I gave her TV show a shot. I love the premise. She's great, and sometimes quite naked. I love her cigarette smoking, her hard drinking, her Porsche, her tight jeans, her belt buckles, her cowboy boots, her tough southern drawl, her long blond hair, her leather jackets, her questioning the reality of God based upon her personal experiences. This show is great! I sat through it twice over the course of 2 weekends. I recommend this series to those who have trouble believing in God because of bad experiences in their lives. Halleluiah!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show! August 29, 2008
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I really fell in love with this show. Holly Hunter does a great job (as, in my opinion, she always does) portraying a hard hitting cop with a pretty set atheistic religious belief. This makes (SPOILER) the arrival of her own personal guardian angel somewhat of an ordeal for her. Is she losing her mind? Actually, the religious part of the show is somewhat of a side story to the excellent 'cop show' that this series is. I hesitate to call this show a comedy, but the angelic interruptions are quite humorous. The cop stuff is pretty gritty and this definately rates as an 'adult' show. I hope the series continues on for a long time!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to see her again June 6, 2008
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When I see the commercials for the second season, I feel like a long lost friend is coming home again. I am so drawn to her character. But more than that, I am impressed by the struggle of finding faith. I love the best friend who believes and still wants to look at the scientific data. And then there's Earl. How can you not relate to him? He's "real", yet you can see his struggle with Grace's stubborn-ness.
I am buying this series so I can see my friends whenever I want.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, gritty series with a 'hokey' Okie naming element September 8, 2008
Seeing the series is almost like coming home. My husband and I lived in Oklahoma City for nearly thirty years and yes, some of the places in the episodes are very familiar. Probably the most familiar even to non-Oklahomans is the Murrah Building Memorial.

The concept is interesting, Grace Hanadarko (Hunter) can't even be favorably described by an angel. She's an OKC-PD detective who drinks too much, sleeps around a lot including with two co-workers one of whom is married.

One night, while driving drunk she hits and kills a pedestrian. While trying to resuscitate him, she prays to God (whom she really doesn't believe in) for a miracle.

What God sends her is Earl (Leon Rippy), a tobacco chewing beat-up looking angel who's the last stop between her and Hell. It's Earl's job to help Grace save herself, but it's not going to be easy. The girl's got issues, including blaming herself for a sister who died in the Murrah Building bombing and dealing with abuse by a priest when she was a child.

As you can imagine, the show's pretty gritty. Grace has to redeem herself while dealing with one of the most stressful jobs in the world and her squad doesn't seem to do low profile cases. We're talking kidnapped little girls, witnesses under threat, hotel murders, etc. I don't think anyone but Holly Hunter could pull the performance off. Rippy is great as Earl, as well.

The show has some excellent elements, character, place, tension. The script occasionally bogs down and a bit of it is 'hokey.' One aspect that amuses me is giving the characters Oklahoma place names as their surnames, including: Hanadarko (Anadarko); Yukon, Purcell, Stillwater, Norman, etc. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when they run out of names and start using Tahlequah, Tishomingo, Tonkawa and Pottawatomie. (Yes, those are also real Oklahoma place names as well!)

Rebecca Kyle, September 2008
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received quickly and fun to watch!
Published 2 months ago by Marcia R. Houck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous & gritty
I just started watching this show via Netflix. Although it would be a comfort to me to know that actress Hunter is or became a Christian, I REALLY like how the show sinks its teeth... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rtohio
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Grace
This is an awesome show. Miss it very much! Holly Hunter is a great actress. The show actually had a purpose that was meaningful. It wasn't just another show.
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie K Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
This is so different, so gritty, so raw. Not for kids...high on sexuality, boozing and recklessness. Grace is a cop with some serious issues...and her own Angel named Earl. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Willow
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
so moving - my husband had never seen it so we are watching from start to finish - very good story!
Published 9 months ago by Debz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
It was great to see the show again after all these years. It made me remember how great it was !!
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