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Cracker: To Be A Somebody [DVD]

Robbie Coltrane , Barbara Flynn , Tim Fywell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Barbara Flynn, Geraldine Somerville, Christopher Eccleston, Lorcan Cranitch
  • Directors: Tim Fywell
  • Producers: Paul Abbott
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H8RWGK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,708 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Another case for hard-drinking criminal psychologist Fitz (Robbie Coltrane). Albie (Robert Carlyle) is a young man who, psychologically disturbed by the events of Hillsborough and the death of his father, attacks and kills an Asian newsagent. The police believe it to be a racist attack but draw a blank in their investigations into right-wing groups, and so call in Fitz to help with their enquiries.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 20 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is probably the "Cracker" episode which really got the series the attention it deserved. This was achieved mainly through the controversy surrounding its storyline (the Hillsborough disaster of 1989), but it was also noteworthy for the stellar performance put in by Robert Carlyle as Albie Kinsella.
Albie, a working-class Liverpool supporter, is distraught after his father's death. When an Asian shopkeeper refuses him change, a frustrated Albie goes home and shaves his head, then returns to the shop and murders the man with his late father's bayonet. While the police attempt to deal with the racial tension in the area following the death, Albie kills again, only this time it is a white, middle-class psychologist. As we soon find out, Albie's hatred does not only encompass other races, but anyone who "assumes things" about him.
Jimmy McGovern, as ever, deals with topics as sensitive as Hillsborough and racism with great care, while still making us think. What is even more remarkable is that he manages to deal with these issues while creating for us a riveting, encaptivating piece of television. Despite the length of the story, you won't want to leave your seat until it's over.
This is as close to flawless television as you will get. Forget Inspectors Morse and Frost, this is in an entirely different league. Admittedly, it is not comfortable, "armchair" viewing, with one of Albie's murders being portrayed very shockingly. However, it still manages to retain its charm.
This is primarily achieved through the character of Fitz (Robbie Coltrane). Fitz is, without a doubt, one of the most brilliant characters even shown on television. He is a man so full of contradictions, that in the hands of anyone other than McGovern, he would undoubtedly become unrealistic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminal Drama at its VERY BEST.... 22 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
An excellent performance (as usual) by Robbie Coltrane in this excellent drama which explores the criminal mind. Realistic as always, the story focusses not just on Fitz's assistance to the police, but also his turbulent family and personal life.
An early acting experience by Robert Carlyle really steals the show as a troubled man who has had more than his fair share of bad luck - break down of his marriage, death of his father and most of all coping with the Hillsborough Football Tragedy.
A chilling insight into how circumstances can push some one just too far, and how people deal with guilt, grief and regret.
A real crime that this drama series came to an end....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Drama 17 July 2008
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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first watched this when it aired in 1994. It was the first episode of Cracker I watched and I thought it was fantastic. I was only 20. Add the best part of 15 years and I've finally watched it again... So now what do I make of it?

I'm surprised I didn't come back to this sooner. Coltrane is perfect as Fitz. Many have tried to play the angry, hard-drinking detective but nobody comes within a country mile of this acid-tongued colossus. He is hilarious at times, genius, tragic and brutal at others. Add to that, the utterly convincing performance of Robert Carlyle as psychotic skin headed killer, Albie Kinsella; the beautiful and poignant writing of Jimmy McGovern; and a rock-solid supporting cast (including a great Christopher Eccleston, Ricky Tomlinson and sultry Geraldine Somerville as `Panhandle') and it is pretty incomparable.

If you like crime dramas and haven't seen Cracker, get this episode, you'll probably buy the boxset. If, like me, you thought it was good at the time but have forgotten just how good, do yourself a favour and give it another go, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top drama 17 April 2014
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What a discovery, i missed this on TV. Everything here from Hitchcock to Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting type scènes, and great down to earth police drama. A real discovery this Robbie Coltrane as a drama actor, and Robert Carlyle, as great as ever . Great story, great script. I'll be watching the other épisodes.
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