Cracker (1993, United Kingdom)

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Cracker  1993 mystery movie

Running time: 1370 minutes

Language: English

Locations: the story takes place in ManchesterGreater Manchester, EnglandUnited Kingdom

Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald isn’t your typical psychologist - he is overweight, he drinks too much, he smokes too much, his marriage is in ruins because of his gambling addiction. But his special skill as psychologist becomes useful for the Manchester Police when they stumble upon particularly tricky cases. Fitz is able to get into the mind of a criminal and work out the reason behind their actions. But what he ultimately finds is usually not pretty.

Absolutely brilliant series with great cast, astonishingly good main plots and quite entertaining subplots. In some way it is similar to Columbo crime series, - it is not about finding the killer, often the killer is known from the very first scene. But the most important difference is that Lieutenant Columbo was trying to figure out how did they get away with the crime, while Fitz is all about finding out why did they commit the crime in the first place. And surprisingly it is equally exciting and involving as Columbo was. Also the episodes were linked with story arch beside the cases they were solving at the moment, his love-hate relationship with DS Jane Penhaligon only added a new layer to the whole show.

To put it in a nutshell it’s one of those shows that you just can’t stop watching in the middle, you just have to get to the gritty and gloomy end, which will never leave you indifferent. It is one of those shows that you simply must know.

Can you solve a case like this?

Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

10 / 10

Realism factor

5 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

5 / 5


Cracker comments

RIP Robbie Coltrane
sulky (12-02-2023 21:32:57)

Amazing show
joel (03-03-2022 22:29:23)

best crime drama EVER
brit (31-12-2016 16:33:37)

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Creators of Cracker

Jimmy McGovern films


Paul Abbott films


Ted Whitehead films


Cast of Cracker

Robbie Coltrane films

Robbie Coltrane

as Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald

Geraldine Somerville films

Geraldine Somerville

as DS Jane Penhaligon

Lorcan Cranitch films

Lorcan Cranitch

as DS Jimmy Beck

Barbara Flynn films

Barbara Flynn

as Judith Fitzgerald

Kieran O’Brien films

Kieran O’Brien

as Mark Fitzgerald

Christopher Eccleston films

Christopher Eccleston

as DCI David Bilborough

Ricky Tomlinson films

Ricky Tomlinson

as DCI Charlie Wise