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Prime Suspect 1
     

Prime Suspect 1

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Director: Christopher Menaul, Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, John Benfield

Cast: Christopher Menaul, Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, John Benfield

 

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Helen Mirren delivers a standout performance in this TV miniseries as Jane Tennison, a London police detective. Tennison is trying to track down a sex-crazed killer who is murdering prostitutes, while at the same time doing battle with her male colleagues for her fair share of respect and responsibility on the force.

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Helen Mirren delivers a standout performance in this TV miniseries as Jane Tennison, a London police detective. Tennison is trying to track down a sex-crazed killer who is murdering prostitutes, while at the same time doing battle with her male colleagues for her fair share of respect and responsibility on the force.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although its occasional chunks of undigested feminist rhetoric can seem a little dated, the first installment in the BBC's long-running Prime Suspect franchise remains one of the most satisfying on a police-procedural level. Though the story focuses on a serial killer who preys on prostitutes, screenwriter and series creator Lynda La Plante's script eschews Silence of the Lambs theatrics in favor of gumshoe grit, infrequent small victories, and frustrating dead ends. The storytelling may be no truer to the actual mechanics of detective work, but its workaday drabness seems far more convincing than the glossy, quip-filled 45-minute mysteries of Law & Order -- the closest analogue to Prime Suspect on this side of the Atlantic. Helen Mirren ascended to global stardom on the strength of this series, and it's not hard to see why. She spends Prime Suspect 1 mapping out her character's essential strengths and deep personal flaws with tiny behavioral details and occasional grandstanding speeches. The inaugural series focuses more deeply on Jane Tennison's personal life than later editions, though Tom Wilkinson's boyfriend character comes off as little more than a plot device. The finer performances -- and not coincidentally the best-written characters -- spring from the mystery at hand and from the all-too-human police force that must solve it. Zoe Wanamaker is particularly fine as the common-law wife of the titular prime suspect, but really, the performances are all of a similarly high caliber. Television, especially crime television, doesn't get much better.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2011
UPC:
0054961848898
Original Release:
1993
Source:
Acorn Media
Sales rank:
1,624

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prime Suspect: Series 1
1. On a Cold Night... [6:33]
2. The Record [5:38]
3. First Impressions [5:59]
4. The Right Time? [10:02]
5. Wrong Woman [8:50]
6. No Help [10:13]
7. Interviews [8:53]
8. Another One [9:44]
10. Crime Night [9:58]
9. Incomplete File [9:31]
11. Fight Night [12:59]
12. "Karen!" [5:17]
1. Recap [3:28]
2. Send Him Home [9:05]
3. Visiting Mother [7:08]
4. New Assignments [12:26]
5. Missed Dinner [8:37]
6. Search Warrent [9:06]
7. On Notice [10:45]
8. Moyra [9:36]
9. Staying On [11:56]
10. "I Didn't Know" [6:02]
11. The Interview [9:07]
12. The Biggest Case [5:22]

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like great acting, great directing and a great suspense story, look no further. Helen Millen does a superb job of portraying a female detective (DCI Tennison) in London who takes over a homicide investigation into serial murders after her male colleague passes away. Besides trying to come up with concrete evidence to put the prime suspect away, she must battle her own department, run by male colleagues who don't trust her competence simply because she's a woman. Tennison is able to rise to the occasion, rally the department behind her, and solve the murders. Mirren does a fascinating job of portraying Tennison as an intelligent and competent detective, an overchiever who often puts her work ahead of her relationships. Even though Tennison is seen with her flaws and all, the audience believes in her and roots for her all the way. This excellent drama was originally an HBO miniseries and is followed by several sequels, which are just as outstanding. Highly recommended! Even though I loved this movie, I was disappointed by the DVD in that it did not have close-captioning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
unexpectedly good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is much more than standard crime fare. The Mirren character, Jane Tennison, is believable in every respect, and the writing does a commendable job of avoiding the cliche upon which this particular genre usually leans. What you have then is a gripping crime thriller, played out in the way All The Presidents Men gave a real sense of how investigative journalism works; and running through it is gripping social drama, too, as the incredibly strong but human central character navigates the high voltage politics of being an ambitious woman in the Met. The whole Prime Suspect series sustains this level of quality.
BarbAnn More than 1 year ago
I love Helen Mirren and she was never more terrific than in the Prime Suspect series!
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