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CRACKER: A NEW TERROR

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Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter films) comes back for a purported final turn in the role that made him famous: the brilliant but deeply flawed forensic psychologist Dr. Edward 'Fitz' Fitzgerald; the feature-length episode offers an edgy, contemporary crime drama dealing with hot-button political issues; includes 45-minute retrospective documentary.

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The brilliant but self-destructive psychologist Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald returns for a final, feature-length, and satisfying mystery in Cracker: A New Terror. Having spent a decade in Australia with his wife and youngest son, Fitz (Robbie Coltrane) returns to Manchester, England for his daughter's wedding, instantly demonstrating--by humiliating her at the reception--that he hasn't altered his old, abrasive ways. Despite that, Fitz's family seems finally resigned to his difficult personality and constant boozing, but far less so to his willingness to help the police solve baffling murder cases. Cracker: A New Terror finds Fitz caught up in the investigation of two killings of Americans, a case that points to a Manchester cop (Anthony Flanagan) as a likely suspect. As usual in Cracker adventures, the insightful script by Jimmy McGovern identifies the killer right away for viewers, the better to set up Fitz's psychological challenge in breaking through a killer's resistance. Directed by Antonia Bird (Priest), Cracker: A New Terror portrays Fitz as a man encountering a new, post-9/1l England, afraid of a new breed of terrorism but hardly over the psychological scars of enduring decades of terror inflicted by the Irish Republican Army. Provocative, tense, and inspired, and featuring another remarkable performance by Coltrane in his best role, Cracker: A New Terror is a great way to close out the series. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • "Cracker: Behind the Scenes," a 45-minute retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Robbie Coltrane, Jimmy McGovern, Barbara Flynn, Christopher Eccleston, and other members of the cast and creative team

Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R349H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CRACKER: A NEW TERROR" on IMDb

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Robbie Coltrane is back in this thriller...he's older, fatter, and even more restless and risks his family, the admiration of his son, and his time with his new granddaughter, to "get on" with an intriguing case. Someone is killing people by breaking their necks. In the meantime you really get into the head of the killer, who is a vulnerable, sympathetic character and you gain a different perspective on the IRA problem. All the regulars appear in this full-length episode and I was thrilled to get back to the series; so well-acted, each and every character perfectly cast, as always. Poor Mrs. Fitz; she can't get her husband to hang around and just play the grandfather! I hope they will make more Cracker episodes..!
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"Cracker: A New Terror," a free-standing episode of the highly-popular, highly-acclaimed, award-winning British 1990's television detective series -- it made its initial debut in 1993 -- was made by Granada, in 2006, for British Independent Television (ITV). It was seen in the United States on BBC America, and released here on DVD in late 2007. The mystery/thriller was written by the veteran Jimmy McGovern, creator of the series, and writer of some of its strongest episodes, and directed by Antonia Bird (The Hamburg Cell.) It stars, as usual, Robbie Coltrane, who since this 1990s TV triumph that first made him famous, has gone on to burnish his name on the bigger screen in Ocean's Twelve; the "Harry Potter" series, and a couple of "James Bond 007s." It is billed as the final episode of "Cracker," though some of us surely hope not.

In this feature-length production, Coltrane reprises his title role as Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, controversial criminologist, abrasive, arrogant and brilliant psychologist. Coltrane dominates the film, of course, with his powerful portrayal of his character. At any rate, Fitz, his long-suffering wife Judith (Barbara Flynn), and their youngest son supposedly have lived as ex-pats in Australia for nearly a decade, while he grapples with his addictions to drink, cigarettes and gambling. They now return to their hometown, Manchester, for the wedding of his daughter. Fitz is, of course, older, fatter, and grayer, and, as a further result of his heavy indulgences, he's looking into Viagra.
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Fitz is so endearing because he is truly flawed. He smokes, gambles and definitely drinks too much. Just ask his daughter what she thinks about the toast he gave to her groom at their wedding. Yet, he manages to solve the latest string of murder cases by interrogating and exposing the culprit even though the police constable doesn't really listen to his ideas. And Fitz is brutally honest to his wife when he admits to her that he would rather spend time with the police officers than with his own grandchild. In response to the reviewers who thought the episode was too political and anti-American, I say that Cracker has always taken on the controversial issues of it's time. That is one of the factors which make the detective story seem realistic and intriguing to its fans. The worthwhile special features on the DVD include interviews with Robbie Coltrane, Jimmy McGovern, Barbara Flynn, Chris Eccleston and other members of the cast and creative team.
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I really enjoyed the Cracker series, until this episode. Robbie Coltrane brought this gritty character to life, but, at best, he was just an afterthought in this episode. This wasn't a Cracker episode, it was a "let's bash the Americans" diatribe. The nasty Americans funded terrorism in Northern Ireland and then the terrorists came to America; Serves them right! This is the message being beaten out throughout this episode. Meanwhile, we're supposed to feel sorry for the killer because the nasty, bad Americans have turned him into a vigilante-killing cop. Give me a break. Don't preach your ethics to me and then expect me to sympathize with yet another form of law-breaking terrorist! If you're a fan of the first 4 seasons/episodes, don't waste your time on this one. You won't enjoy it if you're hoping to visit with your old friend Fitz. He's barely a blip on the radar.

In regards to Ireland, the Brits are not without blood on their hands. Read your history people, and might I suggest starting with the executions that followed the Easter Uprising of 1916. Don't use the Americans as a scapegoat for what the Brits started in Ireland hundreds of years ago.

And, by the way, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 killed 8 children under the age of 12. I suppose they "had it coming" because they had somehow funded the IRA as well.
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OK. This is Cracker's last story, and it works hard on getting things set pretty quickly. You miss some old characters but that's the way some of these "reunion" last episodes are. The problem is that in the middle of the video it starts to feel like too many things were done to just show one more case, but character development wasn't clear since the middle of the story. It felt more like all the changes you saw in the beginning were slowly erased as they were all getting "back to the old habits".
To me, it felt so inconclusive. Not the cliffhanger/I-want-to-see-more kind but something disappointing instead. And in the end, it becomes just one more case, not the time to say good-bye to a character or a story you like, but just one last time to see the show.
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