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Prime Suspect 1
Prime Suspect 1
Actors: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, John Bowe, ZoŽ Wanamaker
Director: Christopher Menaul
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     3hr 28min

Helen Mirren (Teaching Mrs. Tingle/Gosford Park) introduces the character of Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the first of the series PRIME SUSPECT, which aired on PBS in January 1992. There will be five series i...  more »

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Actors: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell, John Bowe, ZoŽ Wanamaker
Director: Christopher Menaul
Creators: Ken Morgan, Edward Mansell, Don Leaver, Sally Head, Lynda La Plante
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Drama, Miniseries, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/14/2003
Original Release Date: 01/23/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 01/23/1992
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 3hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

DCI Jane is my kind of dame . . .
David Oberlander | 01/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"DCI Jane Tennison, superbly played by Helen Mirren, is not to be trifled with. Her charging, take-no-prisoners attitude is great fun to watch. She suffers fools poorly . . . or rather they suffer from her. Why do these chauvinists love to pick fights with her? Personally, I'd give her wide berth! Prime Suspect begins the six-part series.

Full disclosure . . . I'm a flag waving, red state kind of guy. My gastritis flairs when I confess the Brits blow us out of the pond in dramatic construction. These dramas are not just good. They're awesome. Each is exquisitely plotted with three dimensional characters(maybe Jane has five dimensions). The action in the squad room has a documentary feel to it.

It is a joy to watch DCI Jane in action; a role made for Helen Mirren. She flirts with you, insults you, kicks you, and always fights for justice. Usually in a multi-part series such as Prime Suspect, I will have a favorite . . .but this is not true here: each is a gem."
Riveting Television ... The Way It Should Be Done
Edward Lee | 06/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Helen Mirren stars as Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in this dramatic BBC miniseries.A serial killer is at large, and Tennison inherits the mantle of investigating the lead suspect. While certain elements of the story are largely predictable, there is also an unexpected element of surprise with the way the tale unfolds. Mirren adds a definitive credibility to the vulnerable character of Tennison, struggling for any reasonable work/life balance, and she proves to be the most interesting sleuth to come out of England since Sherlock Holmes.Time Magazine voted this, in its initial airing, the second most important television event of the year ... right behind Johnny Carson's farewell show. A must viewing for serious fans of mystery genre."
Helen Mirren is at the top of her form....
LuAnn Dunham | Grayslake, IL United States | 06/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As usual the UK has produced and delivered a series that puts to shame anything that American television has to offer. Helen Mirren is ranked one of the world's best actors-and for good reason.
I have all of the DVD's in the Prime Suspect series, having watched them first on public television's ExxonMobil Theatre. If you are one of those who make deliberate choices based on quality, then do not miss this series. It is one of, if not THE best, that television has to offer."
Shows what television can be
C. Burch | San Francisco, CA USA | 07/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are very few television programs I would consider buying on DVD, but this is definitly one of them. Watching Prime Suspect on DVD is a real treat. If you saw it in America on PBS, you don't realize how much continuity and tension are lost by all of the inevitable pledge breaks. Helen Mirren is nothing short of brilliant as Inspect Jane Tennison, the first woman to hold the post of D.C.I. (Deputy Chief Inspector) on a major homicide investigation. She must not only solve a series of murders, but battle sexism and sabotoge within her department. Great acting in the supporting roles and a first rate script (written by Linda LaPlante)are enough to carry this story. But what really sets it apart is how it manages to get you rooting for Jane Tennison without being cloying or sentimental. We see this woman as a human being, warts and all. Her obsession with work leads her to neglect her relationships. She is quick to anger. Sometimes her first judgement is not the right one. But through it all you want her to succeed. She gives everything to her job. If you like mysteries or police stories, this is as fine as piece of television as you'll see. The video and audio transfer are only so-so (by DVD standards), but this is the happy exception where the DVD is cheaper that VHS. You've got to flip the disk, but a small price to pay for an entire evening of great drama."