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Plastic Man - The Complete Series [DVD] [1999]

Sorcha Cusack , John Thaw    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sorcha Cusack, John Thaw, Frances Barber
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00272F3TM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,004 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Two-part ITV drama mini-series starring John Thaw as Joe McConnell, a highly respected, principled and charismatic NHS plastic surgeon who seems to have it all: a wonderful, supportive wife, three lovely children, a beautiful home and a fulfilling job to which he is passionately devoted. But Joe is plagued by the sense that something is missing from his perfect existence, and when attractive and feisty clinical psychologist Louise (Frances Barber) appears in his life, he becomes torn between his deep love for his wife and his all-consuming desire for his younger colleague.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, all right, I suppose so. 26 July 2010
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I Found this movie rather unsatisfying. The role of the doctor, (John Thaw) and his wife (Sorcha Cusack) and the mistress, (Frances Barber) were all extremely well played and but were rather two-dimensional as people, and the in the end, the mess made and the lives of all three negatively affected was the way such stories go. So why was it so "been there, done that?" Even the sub-plot, the dropped-out son and the street couple didn't have much credibility.

Perhaps they were so married to their respective roles that the humanity was compromised. Doctor, psychiatrist, housewife were defining roles, and at the end, we have a fallen-from-grace doctor, an sacrificial-lamb psychiatrist and injured housewife, but all the ins and outs of the story don't seem to have changed them much. This film runs more on symbolism than personal growth, and as such it lacked warmth and humanity. But it was a good story of a particular type, well told and superbly acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be overlooked 6 Sep 2014
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Purchased to help complete a collection of John Thaw television dramas that man is, as he occasionally did, playing someone who is neither a policeman nor a barrister.
This is a good series but by no means spectacular and a change is, as they say, as good as a rest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Man DVD 21 July 2012
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We tend to buy most if not all of John Thaw's DVDs. We are great fans of his, and this is on a par with all the other DVDs of his that we have watched. Excellent.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 10 Aug 2010
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I was looking forward to seeing John Thaw in this series, a series I have not seen on TV.

But after the first two episodes I did not find the characters at all engaging, I could not get interested in them at all.

Later in the episode, when his son dies, I found the following scenes lacking authenticity. It was as if he had lost a pet dog or a cat - not his son. He did not seem to grieve at all after the first impact.

The various sub-plots were rather laboured and predictable - dialogue not too good either.

A very mediocre series.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars plastic man 7 May 2010
john thaw,excellent actor,nice to see him in a different role ,than one used to seeing him in. good story
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Man 31 Oct 2009
Enjoyed this series, a bit of everything in it, family life, affairs,all good acting. A very good drama
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