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Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  9 February 1997 (USA)
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Detective Tennison investigates a seemingly straightforward drug murder that she believes is linked to a smugly smooth crime boss.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
DS Rankine
DI Devanney
John Brobbey ...
DC Henry Adeliyeka
John McArdle ...
DCS Ballinger
The Street
Ray Emmet Brown ...
Michael Johns
Joseph Jacobs ...
Campbell Lafferty
David Norman ...
Tony Rice (as Dave Norman)
Martin Ronan ...
DS Pardy
Antony Audenshaw ...
DC Growse
Anne Hornby ...
DC Skinner
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Noreen Lafferty
Janice Lafferty


Tennison on a new beat investigates the killing of a drug runner, with the runner's employer, "The Street," as her prime suspect. Meanwhile, The Street is conducting his own investigation into the killing, with the help of his team of hoodlums and his vicious Rottweilers. And as Tennison rankles that her subordinates accuse her of sleeping her way to the top, she begins an affair with her married supervisor. Written by Bil Boozer <>

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While shes giving a talk to the school kids Tennsion says she has been a cop for 22 years meaning she joined the force in 1976. However in Prime Suspect 6 (2003) She is supposed to have completed over 30 years service but she would be 3 years short. See more »


Superintendent Jane Tennison: Listen, I don't know what you've heard about me, but, ehm...
DCS Ballinger: What have I heard?
Superintendent Jane Tennison: "That bloody Jane Tennison, she'll be storming into your nick, the balls of your best officers trailing from her jaws, spraying people with claret, calling people Masons, threatening resignation..." Well, I... I just wanted to tell you I'm not a complete maniac.
DCS Ballinger: Aren't you? How disappointing.
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Follows Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995) See more »

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Good thriller, terrific performances by O'Hara and Mackintosh
21 April 2000 | by (Philadelphia, USA) – See all my reviews

This was the only Prime Suspect movie I saw. The story was good and very intense. Its main attractions are the phenomenal, awesome David O'Hara, a great actor in a good-cop character, and Steven Mackintosh, who was electrifying as a psycho drug dealer. But to put as great an actress as Helen Mirren in that PITIFUL character was just very sad. I don't know who came up with that character, but Tennison's errors of judgment were so lame and plenty that the character herself made me awfully embarrassed of being female. If male chauvinists ever need a proof positive that women ARE the inferior gender, they should look no further. A person like that can't be trusted with boiling an egg, let alone superintending in the PD. If you want to see Mirren in a role worthy of her talent, AND another mesmerizing performance by David O'Hara, go see "Some Mother's Son". But don't get me wrong: this is absolutely worth seeing!

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