Prime Suspect 1 Movie Review Summary

Actors: Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, John Benfield, John Bowe, Zoe Wanamaker, Tom Wilkinson

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Detective Chief Inspector John Shefford is about to make a homicide arrest in record time when he is felled by a heart attack. Superintendent Kernan (Benfield) appoints DCI Jane Tennison (Mirren) to take over the case of a stabbed prostitute, much to the disgust of many of the officers who will report to her. Tennison is ambitious, driven, highly capable, and obsessed with succeeding on her first big case, but she realizes that the prime suspect, George Marlow (Bowe) is being held on insufficient evidence. She orders him released and presses her team to make a stronger case, as well as to connect the brutal killing of a young streetwalker with older, unsolved cases. Tennison also has to deal with the resistance of most of her subordinates, especially the active sabotage of DCI Bill Otley (Bell). Due to her obsession with the case and long hours, her relationship with her boyfriend Peter Rawlins (Wilkinson) also suffers.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murders of set profession?    -   prostitutes/strippers/porn Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing nude female butt Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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