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Cracker: Series 1
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|Format||Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC|
|Contributor||Charles McDougall, Ian Mercer, Amelia Bullmore, Michael Winterbottom, Jean Stewart (III), Robbie Coltrane, Richard Standeven, Julian Jarrold, Simon Cellan Jones See more|
|Number Of Discs||3|
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Hot on the heels of PRIME SUSPECT came Robbie Coltrane's (Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies) outstanding creation of "Fitz," in the PBS series CRACKER. Fitz is an addicted gambler, a heavy drinker, and a brilliant if deeply flawed criminal psychologist. He is, to the working mind of a killer what CSI is to a trace of blood or a single hair. For Fitz, murder is just the beginning. Three stories follow Fitz as he investigates an accused commuter train killer with amnesia, a couple who share love and murder, and the killing of a young boy that shakes a community to its core.
The compelling Cracker is among the more exciting British mystery series from the 1990s, featuring a hero so flawed he's just as likely to end up inside a jail cell as outside chasing bad guys. Robbie Coltrane, perhaps best known for playing Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, is unconventional psychologist Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a rotund teacher who exhorts students to look within their dark hearts and who gleefully embraces his own addictions to gambling, booze, and nicotine.
Caught in a downward spiral, Fitz sneers as his debts mount and his wife (Barbara Flynn) leaves him, but he rallies when a favorite student is slashed to death on a train in series debut "The Mad Woman in the Attic." The suspect, a longtime amnesiac, is put through grueling police torments, but Fitz believes in the man's innocence, thus establishing his ambivalent relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston) and a quasi-romantic alliance with another detective, Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville, also from the Potter films). Michael Winterbottom, now a renowned feature filmmaker (Welcome to Sarajevo), provides admirable direction.
Fitz's interest in obsessive behavior and his talent for spinning out instant psychological profiles makes him invaluable to Bilborough in subsequent episode "To Say I Love You," in which a rage-filled young man and his scheming girlfriend kill a loan shark. Though the story is less interesting than the Cracker pilot, Fitz's slow crawl back to self-respect and resentful cooperation with his estranged wife's therapist are irresistible entertainment. Finally, "One Day a Lemming Will Fly," in which the murder of a 13-year-old boy sparks a lynch-mob mentality among the public, is a strong two-parter that raises some interesting crises for Fitz. Does he belong with his wife and kids or with Panhandle? Is he better at his job when his personal life is a disaster? The provocative final scenes make one hunger to see more of Cracker. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 1.25 inches; 11.2 Ounces
- Director : Michael Winterbottom, Jean Stewart (III), Charles McDougall, Julian Jarrold, Simon Cellan Jones
- Media Format : Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 6 hours and 4 minutes
- Release date : October 14, 2003
- Actors : Ian Mercer, Amelia Bullmore, Robbie Coltrane
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Hbo Home Video
- ASIN : B0000AYJVA
- Number of discs : 3
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This is the *entire* first series as it aired in the U.S. I watched when it was shown on A&E in the early 90s. I taped it on my VCR (I still have the tapes) - finally I have the DVDs and they aren't missing a thing!
The Cracker series is amazing. Please don't miss out because of other reviews saying this DVD series in not complete.
The menus on the DVDs are a little confusing, but the episode "One Day a Lemming Will Fly" does *not* end with the suspect being brought into the station - that is only the Part I of the episode/disc and if you continue watching after the credits for Part I, Part II will start!
And yes, the transfer could have used a little more effort but the show is so engaging and the acting is so good that I didn't think about it once after the initial credits rolled.
I patiently (or somewhat patiently...) await for April when Series III will arrive.
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Il a tous les défauts possibles néanmoins c'est un homme d'une intelligence rare et d'un esprit de déduction juste.
J'ai rencontré des psys dans le cadre de ma profession qui sont assez narcissiques et on toujours des points de vues bien arrêtes .
Nous avons regardé une partie de la saison 1 hier soir et j'ai découvert une série dont je n'avais aucun souvenir.
Si vous voulez sortir des "séries bateaux" que nous voyions en boucle et qui finalement se ressemblent bcq, achetez cette série et vous ne serez pas déçus. On sort des séries avec des acteurs bodybuldés et avec des dents plus blanches que blanches, dans cet acteur vous vous reconnaitrez comme "Monsieur tout le monde " avec ses qualités et ses nombreux défauts qui sont touchants au final.
Cette série est fort bien interprétée et en ce qui me concerne, j'aime aussi bcq l'inspectrice de police qui le remet à sa place quand il joue un peu trop les machos par trop lourdingue et maladroit
Des histoires palpitantes et qui nous tiennent en haleine De bons acteurs - mention spéciale pour Robbie Coltrane qui joue Fitz, le psy.
Cela change agréablement des séries américaines.De très bons moments en perspective..