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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Barbara Flynn, Geraldine Somerville, Lorcan Cranitch, Clive Russell
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom, Simon Cellan Jones, Roy Battersby, Tim Fywell, Andy Wilson
  • Producers: Gub Neal, Hilary Bevan Jones, Paul Abbott
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CWLFI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,115 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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�Fitz� Fitzgerald is an insulting, nosy, loathsome individual who is a drunken excuse for a husband, a lousy father and a gambling washout, but he has one saving grace--he is a brilliant psychologist with an uncanny ability to see evil in people, make them confess and walk away unscathed. He understands the criminal mind probably because his mind isn�t that far removed from the criminals he deals with.

Episodes include:

The Mad Woman In The Attic
To Say I Love You
One Day A Lemming Will Fly
To Be A Somebody
The Big Crunch
Men Should Weep
Brotherly Love
Best Boys
True Romance
White Ghost
Cracker

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Andrew William Hartshorn on 11 April 2009
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Written by Jimmy McGovern, this is an emotive Roller Coaster of a series. Robbie Coltrane plays Fitz, a man who spends his working life solving psychological problems of all around him, but is clearly the man most in need of help.

Fitz has problems.....drinking problems, gambling problems, women problems, money problems and health issues. The earlier episodes highlight inadequate policing, in judgement and in ability. Set in the North West of England Fitz slowly works his way into permanently working for the police and helping solve many of their most complex cases. Coltrane is a man of the people and McGovern writes as a man of the people.

I could pick out a few weaknesses, but why bother? I sit down to an episode and I blink, before it is over, totally enthralling. The best acting seems to go to the villains. From a stuttering cop killer to a mentally disturbed Hillsborough avenger. Apart from Coltrane you'll be treated to performances from Robert Carlyle, Christopher Ecclestone and many recognisable faces.
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 30 July 2007
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I remember being packed off to bed whenever my parents would settle down to watch the latest episode of Cracker - my parents none-too-keen on letting their ten year old watch such a dark and disturbing reality-based drama - so I've only really become familiar with it through subsequent TV repeats and now through this DVD box-set. As others have noted, the original shows are absolutely astounding, and more-than stand-up to repeated viewings over a decade on.

Throughout each of the ten episodes (often broken into two or three hour-long episodes when shown on television) we see Jimmy McGovern's writing at a consistent peak. Not only are the stories interesting, intelligent and believable, they're also filled with strong characters, brilliant dialog (that goes from the shocking - Albie's confession towards the end of episode three, To Be A Somebody - to the dramatic - much of the dialogue at the end of Brotherly Love - right the way through to the comedic - the great back-and-forth banter between Fitz and the police), whilst the whole show is taken even further into the realms of greatness thanks to the astounding direction and tremendous performances from the highly esteemed cast. There's also the "soap-opera" elements of each of the three series, too - which keeps our interest in the characters and guarantees our return to each subsequent episode - with McGovern layering each of the crime-stories alongside scenes depicting Fitz's troubled home-life, and the various sub-plots of the cops... most notably, DCI David Bilborough, DS Wise, DS Jane Penhaligon, and the tortured DS Jimmy Beck.

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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By lonpobty on 28 Aug. 2009
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I'll endorse everything that's been said about the excellence of the writing, and the consistently brilliant performances, esp. from Robbie Coltrane and Geraldine Somerville. But the three stars are a warning that there can be production faults with this box set: last night we sat down to watch the disk labelled "True Romance", only to find that the actual content was "White Ghost" (the not-so-outstanding Hong Kong episode). And unfortunately the disk labelled "White Ghost" was also "White Ghost." So, if you buy it -- and I'd recommend it to all -- do a quick preview of each disk when the product arrives.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2009
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Cracker was Coltrane's finest hour. He IS Fitz, the classic antihero of the piece. He's obnoxious; he's large; he's an unrepentant gambler and drinker; he's sometimes wrong, and the consequences are serious; his wit is sharp and his humour's as black as ichor; he's human, and thus one of the finest TV characters ever written.

The cases are generally interesting. There are some high points, and some episodes that don't match those, but I won't say which as this is all subjective. They are uniformly well written and acted, however.

Very highly recommended for anyone in the mood for a cerebral crime drama that doesn't pull any punches.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mooji on 22 Mar. 2010
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This has to be one of my favourite TV shows. Robbie Coltrane plays Fitz, a man desperate to be living on the edge. He ignores his long suffering wife and two children to help the police solve a murder - a student of his that he was extremely close to. He gets results and the series starts for real - more murders and more cases needing a psychological profile, but along the way drives other people to distraction by challenging them, insulting them and psychoanalysing them. He spends more and more time on police cases and away from his family, and more time with Penhaligan, a female detective who both loathes and likes him. As the series progresses we see many reasons why Fitz has the relationships he does. He is both arrogant and charming, generous and selfish and drinks, gambles and smokes way too much, but we love him anyway.
There are several great stories in this DVD set, and some brill actors popping up along the way - Samantha Morton and Robert Carlyle probably the best. Robert Carlyle's character was truly disturbing, and at this point I realised how good Jimmy McGovern's writing was. At times, Fitz would meet a killer who could analyse him too, and the dialogue would be fascinating.
The show is set in Manchester in the mid to late 90s and I love looking at Manchester and how it used to be - the old Arndale, Victoria station etc, all before the bombing and regeneration - the skyline is markedly different.
For me, this show set the bar high for all the police dramas that came after it, and very few came close. This boxed set covers all the episodes including the 1996 "White Ghost" but doesn't include the 2006 episode.
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