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Chancer [DVD]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2003
Chancer, for me, was a joy beginning to end. Watching the first episode on television the memory is as crystal now as it was then. The plot lynch pin, sharply hansome Clive Owen - playing the slightly curved, if not actually bent, city trader - shows all the early signs of the talent that would secure his rumoured running place to be our next 007. A city man myself for 20 years, the settings on the trading floors were practically documentary in their accuracy. Owen, sliding easily into the role of the mischievously impish "Steve Crane", brings an instantly recognisable character (to one used to seeming them daily) to startling life. The ingeniously linear solutions he brings to bear in his battles with city mandarin, Leslie Phillips, are as diverting as they are entertaining, leaving one with the almost unsatisfactory feeling that, worldly wise though one thinks one may be, one probably would not in a month of Sundays have thought of anything similar - "bloody hell, that was clever! (mutter mutter)". The switch to the rural setting where Owens involvement with Panther (a Morgan clone) Cars owner Benjamin Whitrow, is seamless. Whitrow, always a joy to watch, is perfect as the small production, high class car boss and family man, and the growing trust and respect that builds between the two men is touchingly inspirational. The clear thinking Owens' ability to save the day will have you sitting back feeling bloody annoyed with yourself, yet again, as you marvel at his knack at pulling victory from the brink of certain bloody disaster (mutter mutter). There are one liners to keep everyone happy from all walks. For a ripping yarn, I can remember few other productions that kept me as surprised and amused as Chancer did. Directors Alan Grint and Laurence Moody's teamwork bought a story to life and left me with a lasting sense of having enjoyed a classic. Take a chance on Chancer, a rivetingly and thoroughly exciting feel good (but non-mush) romp.
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on 27 December 2013
Clive Owen is already building that cheekie chappie persona and big self assurance in this series that will carry him to Hollywood, so the character holds up very well despite the early 90s styling. The age doesn't really affect the story much, more 'Life on Mars' than 'Clangers', although the old cellphones did illicit a chuckle.

Good supporting actors really carry the script which does get a little thin in places (how many times can you rescue everyone from the brink of disaster?) but is reasonably edgy from the start and gets better as the writers get more comfortable with the characters. There is also some good humour to.

There are some nice plot twists, including what happens to his girlfriend, but I can't comment on those without spoiling the story.

Watched this one all the way through, recommended.
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on 18 June 2014
I'd forgotten just how good this series was. Early Clive Owen at his absolute best and a beautifully slimey Lesley Philips. Pure nostalgia for me having seen the original series in the early 90's. OK so the picture quality is more VHS than HD but other than that it's timeless.
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on 14 July 2014
Every bit as good as I remembered the series from long ago ,different story lines and a young Clive Owen plus established actors all made this series worth watching.
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on 1 December 2013
Clive owen is brlliant, the script and other actors also. It is really worth watching more than once. It is my third time now.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2004
A fair bit darker than Series 1 with Clive Owen (currently starring in 'King Arthur'), the always excellent Peter Vaughan and Michael Kitchen and not forgetting the lovely Susannah Harker and Louise Lombard. When was the last time an ITV drama had such an excellent cast of proper actors rather than some soap-opera rejects?
This is five and half hours of excellent drama. The only downside is that it wasn't made in widescreen so you get black bars at the side of your picture on a widescreen TV. That's the only caveat.
Enjoy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2011
I missed chancer when it was first broadcast in the nineties but am making up for it now,by watching all sixteen hours of it as a box set DVD,and never a dull moment in it all.The plot lines are always engrossing,and the story never flags.Great acting from all involved made this series a must see for all who enjoy quality drama.
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on 3 January 2015
bring back old memorys
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Starts out well, but the story drags from the third episode onward and becomes more and more unrealistic. The continuity is disjointed and there are huge errors in the validity of process that should accompany the plot-lines.
In other words, very poorly researched and consequently unbelievable.
This was a waste of time and a waste of a talented cast because of a poor script.
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on 13 July 2015
Brilliant
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