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The Best of Cracker Mysteries [VHS]

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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville, Kieran O'Brien, Barbara Flynn, Lorcan Cranitch
  • Directors: Charles McDougall, Jean Stewart, Michael Winterbottom, Richard Standeven, Simon Cellan Jones
  • Writers: Jimmy McGovern
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 3
  • Studio: A & E Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 29, 1996
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304203136
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mystery fans tend to like their heroes fallible--gumshoes like Phillip Marlowe, DCI Jane Tennyson, and Dave Robicheaux have all been guilty of moral lapses in the course of righting larger wrongs. But it's hard to imagine a protagonist less saintly than Dr. Eddie Fitzgerald, a forensic psychologist based in northern England--his thirst for alcohol and gambling are surpassed only by his arrogance and famous temper. As played by the incomparable Robbie Coltrane, Fitz is so overbearing and rigid in his beliefs he can be a little hard to take, yet his innate brilliance at solving crimes and his essential goodness--that admittedly can seem all but buried under his bristly exterior--keep the viewer engaged and rooting for him.

These episodes, from the series produced by Granada TV and aired in the U.S. by A&E, are among its finest. The Mad Woman in the Attic (directed by Welcome to Sarajevo's Michael Winterbottom) traces the case of a soft-spoken man with that hoariest of television ailments, amnesia, after having jumped (or was he pushed?) from a moving train upon which a young woman was horrifically slashed to death. Fitz must determine if the suspect is innocent or playing deadly mind games. The Cable Ace-winning To Say I Love You finds Fitz on the trail of a neo-Bonnie-and-Clyde couple on a murderous rampage across the British countryside. And One Day a Lemming Will Fly features a teen suicide that turns out to be murder, and Fitz must battle a complacent police force as much as he does the elusive criminal. For crime fans, Cracker is indispensable and is an impressive reminder of what television can achieve when it sets its sights high enough. --Anne Hurley

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Robbie Coltrane's Fitz is one of the true originals. Full of contradictions himself, he is a brilliant observer of human behavior and weakness. This series of movies is complex, rich, and fascinating. I never saw the US attempt at a prime time series, but I am not surprised it failed. This is British television at its best. If you liked "Prime Suspect", you'll love "Cracker".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 1999
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My wife and I both got into the Cracker mysteries at the recommendation of a friend. So far everyone we have seen (six of them) have been both compelling and entertaining. Robbie Coltrane along with the rest of the cast give stellar performances. These are real people - not a bunch of models-turned-actors. The realism and grit make the stories that much more believable. This series is a must for any mystery buff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Hartley on November 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
While the "Sopranos" has certainly earned its accolades, to some of us "Yanks", it merely signals that American T.V. has FINALLY caught up with the type of cinematic-quality writing, acting and production that British viewers have been treated to for years on series like "Cracker". Previously only available in the U.S. on cable, ("edited for content"...boo! hiss!) you can now catch the show on video. Once you are introduced to Robbie Coltrane's profane, alcoholic, over-eating, chain-smoking, adulterous, gambling-addicted yet frighteningly perceptive criminal psychologist, you won't soon forget him. Similar in tone to the wonderful "Prime Suspect" series, every episode of "Cracker" is packed with a taut, suspenseful story, gritty, intelligent dialogue and top notch ensemble work from stars down to the bit players. If you can score all the videos and then figure out chronological order, you will notice compelling subplots that are cleverly interwoven with each specific case, yet continue from show to show. This collection is as good an introduction as any to one of the best TV programs in recent memory. PLEASE don't confuse this version with the inferior (but mercifully short-lived) U.S. remake of the series with entirely different casts!
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