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"Cracker" To Be a Somebody: Part 1 (1994)

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Director:
Writer:
Jimmy McGovern (written and created by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
10 October 1994 (Season 2, Episode 1)
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Plot:
A working class man, distraught at the recent death of his father, impulsively becomes a skinhead and murders a Pakistani shopkeeper over a perceived insult. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Chilling, compelling: The "hero" as bad as the "villain" See more (1 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robert Carlyle ... Albie Kinsella

Tracy Gillman ... Jill Kinsella
Gemma Phoenix ... Ruth

Robbie Coltrane ... Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald
Dave Bond ... Factory Supervisor
Martin Pearson ... Factory Worker
Badi Uzzaman ... Shahid Ali

Kieran O'Brien ... Mark Fitzgerald

Barbara Flynn ... Judith Fitzgerald

Christopher Eccleston ... DCI David Bilborough

Geraldine Somerville ... DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon

Lorcan Cranitch ... DS Jimmy Beck
Shango Baku ... Gregson

Wil Johnson ... D.C. Skelton (as Wilbert Johnson)
Colin Tierney ... D.C. Bobby Harriman

Paul Copley ... Pathologist

Kim Vithana ... Razia Ali
Elaine Heywood ... Mrs. Ali
Tony Barton ... Builder
Mike Kelly ... Peter Lloyd
Marc Seymour ... 3rd Skinhead
Beth Goddard ... Clare Moody
Rebecca Clay ... Counter Clerk
John Capps ... 1st Skinhead
Ken Christiansen ... 2nd Skinhead
Tess Thomson ... Kate 'Katie' Fitzgerald
John Pickles ... Neighbour
Peter Clifford ... Doctor
Rosa Roberts ... Householder
Glyn Grain ... Professor Nolan
Trisha Hitchcock ... Mrs. Nolan (as Tricia Hitchcock)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Tim Fywell 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy McGovern (written and created by)

Produced by
Paul Abbott .... producer
Sally Head .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Ferguson 
 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Mansell 
 
Casting by
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Fineren 
 
Art Direction by
David Butterworth 
 
Production Management
Des Hughes .... production manager
Bill Leather .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Harrison .... second assistant director
Peter Shaw .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Phil Buckley .... graphic designer
Frank Massey .... chargehand asm
Ron Pritchard .... production buyer
 
Sound Department
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor
John Senior .... dubbing editor
Phil Smith .... sound mixer
Andy Wyatt .... dubbing mixer
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Neil Parker .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gwenda Bagshaw .... script associate
Dorothy Friend .... continuity
Ken Mair .... location manager
Debbie Shewell .... script editor
Roxy Spencer .... script editor
Eileen Wood .... production coordinator
 

Series Crew
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Directed by
Simon Cellan Jones (episode "One Day a Lemming Will Fly (1993")
Charles McDougall (episode "Best Boys (1995")
Richard Standeven (episode "White Ghost (1996")
Jean Stewart (episode "Men Should Weep (1994")
Michael Winterbottom (episode "Mad Woman in the Attic (1993, The")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jimmy McGovern  creator

Makeup Department
Colin Ware .... special makeup effects artist
 
Stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Smith .... Steadicam operator
 
Other crew
Wayne Docksey .... animal master
Neil MacDonald .... production supervisor: Hong Kong
Valery Ryan .... script editor
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
UK:148 min | 50 min (DVD)
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
[Fitz and Albie meet, face to face, for the first time]
Albie Kinsella:Who are you?
Fitz:My name's Fitz. I'm a psychologist.
[Albie scoffs]
Fitz:You don't need a psychologist?
Albie Kinsella:Nope.
Fitz:Killing people's normal?
Albie Kinsella:[pause] So what's normal?
Fitz:[Sitting down] Putting yourself at risk, now that's definitely abnormal. You're Britain's most wanted and you turn up at a football game. Coppers everywhere. Why?
Albie Kinsella:Because I had a ticket.
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5 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Chilling, compelling: The "hero" as bad as the "villain", 27 July 2008
Author: irish23 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'm not familiar with this television series, but watched the "To Be A Somebody" episode recently. It combined all the best elements of British crime drama: fantastic writing, spot-on acting, tight directing/editing, and a compelling story.

I think I'd prefer not to see it again.

The main focus of the plot from a traditional perspective is the downward spiral of a disaffected working class man, played brilliantly by Robert Carlyle. The parallel theme -- the one we're barely aware of until the end -- is the fact that our protagonist (played brilliantly by Robbie Coltrane) is already at the bottom of that spiral.

While mesmerized by the story, I also had a vague unease whilst viewing. It wasn't until another character calls Fitz "an emotional rapist" that I could identify what was disturbing me so profoundly.

We can understand and even sympathize with the twisted figure of Carlyle's murderer because we can see how an essentially good man can allow himself to be taken over, taken down, and destroyed from the inside out. We see him journey downward to his eventual destruction -- and we see that he doesn't really want to be that person. He would be someone else if he could just see *how.*

Coltrane's character, on the other hand, is rewarded for his sick violations of others' psyches. He is the man who walks free, who feels no remorse, and who views the consequences of his actions solely in terms of whether it will affect his job (i.e. his own self-aggrandizement). It was truly chilling to realize by the end that Fitz would suffer no consequences -- would never be charged with any crime -- would be allowed to walk free, terrorizing whomever he chose. And that he *enjoys* it.

Mesmerizing, compelling -- and I never want to see it again.

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