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  • Actors: Robbie Coltrane, Neil Dudgeon, Celia Imrie
  • Directors: John Strickland
  • Producers: Mervyn Gill-Dougherty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2003
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YNG1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A brilliant lawyer, but bored with the mundanity of his life and the stupidity of the criminals he defends, Jack Lennox (Robbie Coltrane) spends his spare time planning the perfect crime. When he lets on to one of the defendants he has won a case for, and then discovers the crime was carried out, he finds himself drawn into the criminal underworld; planning more crimes. However, his secret is discovered by Assistant Chief Constable Brian Richards (Neil Dudgeon) who offers him a deal; hand over the top criminal gangs in the UK by planning another crime. Can Richards trust Lennox and can he also conceal his secret liaisons with Lennox's wife (Celia Imrie)?

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Robbie Coltrane makes a welcome return to the small-screen in The Planman, originally broadcast as a two-part ITV special in 2003. Coltrane plays Jack Lennox, a Scottish defence lawyer who is so frustrated with the stupidity of his clients that he starts to plan theoretical crimes himself, confident that his meticulous methods will guarantee success. Trouble begins, naturally enough, when he is persuaded by an unscrupulous client to give his plans a practical work-out courtesy of the local mob. All goes swimmingly well for a while, as a series of daring high-profile heists are executed with textbook efficiency, but when the copper who is having an affair with Lennox's ambitious wife (Celia Imrie) gets wind of the lawyer's involvement, the stage is set for a confrontation.

It's all completely ridiculous, of course. The convoluted interrelationships between the principal characters, not to mention their motivations, scarcely bear scrutiny, and the super-heist finale is pure fantasy. But it hardly matters when Coltrane's larger-than-life presence somehow holds it all together. Sometimes lost in over-large movies, he dominates the TV screen effortlessly. Witness a coruscating scene in which he lambasts his wife's smug dinner guests; or his reaction to his failing marriage ("So who gets to keep the Pink Floyd records?"). This is a comedy-drama that's not meant to be taken too seriously. --Mark Walker

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RockJock on 22 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
Like all good thrillers, there has to be many twists and turns, enough so that although there is an ending and outcome you hope for, you are never sure if you will get there.

This is both typical and atypical Robbie Coltrane, he is a shambling seedy lawyer, with a staggering eye for detail... just like this plot. The acting is of course superb, from a truly supportive cast. Even the baddies are great! You can't help identifying with some more than others, and the amalgamation of many obviously regional actors just makes the juxtapositioning even more accidentally funny. It doesn't take too much imagination to see these scenes really being played out.

The storyline is intricate, fast paced and completely absorbing. How can you not enjoy this, if you like taut scenes, in the very best British style?

More of this type of drama/thriller, please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Spanswick VINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2009
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During a break from Cracker, Robbie Coltrane is on familar territory ~ its difficult to difguise that amazing girth! ~ this time as whizkid lawyer who knows he could commit much more intelligent crimes than those he is paid to defend. All it takes is planning. As the Planman of the title he engages the "brightest" crooks in the country to do the deed ( there are some hilarious stereotypes among them)and after more plot twists and turns than usual for such a TV product the viewer can not but admire the whole project and may even decide that crime might pay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hale & Hardy on 27 July 2009
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In keeping with his "Cracker" persona, Robbie Coltrane plays a smart lawyer with a unscrupulous mind for planning "hypothetical" crimes. This story keeps you guessing right to end, so I'm not going to spoil it for anyone. Suffice to say that if you enjoyed the "Cracker" series, this film will not disappoint. :)
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By J. Hussey on 11 July 2015
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Outstanding! Roddie at the top of his game.
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