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Release Date:
12 November 2006 (USA) See more »
Approaching retirement, Jane Tennison investigates the murder of a missing girl. But the cracks soon begin to show as Jane struggles with an alcohol problem and the death of her father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Helen Mirren ... Det. Supt. Jane Tennison

Stephen Tompkinson ... Sean Philips

Laura Greenwood ... Penny Philips

Eve Best ... Linda Philips

Gary Lewis ... Tony Sturdy
Katy Murphy ... Ruth Sturdy

Frank Finlay ... Arnold Tennison

Tom Bell ... Bill Otley

Robert Pugh ... DS Alun Simms

Brendan Coyle ... DCS Mitchell

Robbie Gee ... DI Traynor

Russell Mabey ... DS Cox
Laura Doddington ... DC Wood
Heshima Thompson ... Curtis Flynn
Carolyn Pickles ... Pauline
Maxine Barton ... Sallie Sturdy
Amandla Crichlow ... Gloria
Sharon Maharaj ... Consultant
Clive Hayward ... Pathologist

Ricky Nixon ... Lester Bishop
Seroca Davis ... Delores

Ellie Kendrick ... Melanie

Ashley Madekwe ... Tanya

Nonso Anozie ... Robert
Lee Whitlock ... Jeremy

Sydney White ... Girl on Heath
Dystin Johnson ... Staff Nurse
Rebecca Clay ... Staff Nurse
Tim Preece ... AA Speaker
David Keyes ... AA Speaker

Alex Blake ... AA Speaker
Helen Griffin ... AA Speaker
Amanda Wright ... Vanessa
Lakechia Jeanne ... Destiny
Olivia Lumley ... Carol

Badria Timimi ... Curtis's Lawyer
Iain Mitchell ... Sean's Lawyer

Ronnie Fox ... Barman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Simon Britton ... AA Member (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Nick Turner ... Art Student (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... Police Armed Responce Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Martin 
Writing credits
Frank Deasy (written by)

Produced by
Andrew Benson .... producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Andy Harries .... executive producer
Claudine Sturdy .... line producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
Cinematography by
Julian Court (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Liz Vincent-Fernie 
Production Design by
Candida Otton 
Costume Design by
Joanna Eatwell 
Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup designer
Karen Z.M. Turner .... makeup artist
Isabelle Webley .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jane Coombes .... post-production supervisor
Iain Smith .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angus Finlayson .... additional third assistant director
Paul Judges .... first assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... additional third assistant director
Anna Kemp .... third assistant director
Lisa Marsh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Grace Brook .... stand-by art director
Bill Brown .... dressing props
Danny Clements .... stand-by props (as Dan Clements)
Douglas Glen .... stand-by props (as Douglas Glenn)
Charlie Johnson .... property master
Mark Quigley .... dressing props
Amanda Smith .... production buyer
Lucy Spofforth .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound recordist
James Dandridge .... sound maintenance engineer
Nick Gillett .... sound assistant
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Steve Hancock .... boom operator
Graham Headicar .... dubbing editor
Becki Ponting .... dialogue editor
Becki Ponting .... dubbing editor
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... foley & adr recordist
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... foley and adr recordist
Special Effects by
Charlie Bluett .... special effects technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
David Holt .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Victoria Layson .... graphics (as Vicki Layson)
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Astin .... gaffer
Sean Connor .... first assistant camera
Dave Gray .... stand-by rigger (as David Gray)
J.P. Judge .... best boy
Jay Kemp .... gaffer
Dirk Nel .... camera operator: second unit
James Nesbitt .... electrician
Micky Patten .... grip (as Mickey Patten)
Oliver Schofield .... camera operator: second unit
Hilda Sealy .... focus puller: second camera
Chris Williams .... clapper loader
Chris Williams .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Fanthorpe .... costume assistant
Fiona MacKinnon .... costume assistant
Joanna Macklin .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Nina Bradley .... assistant editor
Tareq Kubaisi .... colorist
Shane Warden .... on-line editor
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Daryl Griffith .... orchestrator
Bradley Farmer .... assistant to orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... transportation captain
Other crew
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Jenny Frayn .... script editor
James Harrison-Griffiths .... police advisor
Samantha-Jane Hunt .... stand-in
Elliot Jenkins .... production secretary
Stefan Kaday .... production runner
Marigo Kehoe .... head of production
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (as Jennifer Lambert)
Will Nash .... runner
Holly Palin .... publicist
Ian Pollington .... location manager
Ian Pollington .... location unit manager
Natalie Rogers .... production coordinator
Caroline Russell .... production accountant
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant
Marinella Setti .... script supervisor
Nigel Venables .... facilities driver
Alex Wells .... publicist
Charlotte Wright .... assistant location manager
Ben Rogers .... floor runner (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prime Suspect: The Final Act" - UK (original title)
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182 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

This episode was dedicated to the memory of Tom Bell (Bill Otley) 1933-2006, who died two weeks before this final TV appearance was screened.See more »
Continuity: When Curtis is threatening Jane outside the hospital, his method of holding the pistol changes back and forth between shots. When seen over her shoulder, he's holding it using the standard grip, but when seen from the side, he's holding it sideways.See more »
Tony Sturdy:You're a cold, worthless bitch, but maybe that's what you got to be to do your job!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006) (TV)See more »


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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Goodbye to a great character, 17 December 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

It's retirement time for Jane Tennison, but she has one more case to solve in "Prime Suspect: The Final Act" starring Helen Mirren as Tennison. The question is, can Tennison stay in control long enough to find the murderer of a missing girl? You really wonder as she deals with what has become blatant alcoholism, the death of her father, and the consequences of her choices in life.

Only Helen Mirren could have created the fully fleshed out, human character of Jane Tennison. Mirren is one of the greatest actresses of our time, perhaps of any time. And like a lot of English actresses, and though she's capable of great glamor, Mirren is not afraid of harsh lights, aging, and a few lines on the face. Her Jane is worn out and looks it. In working her last case, Jane comes up against the tragedy of losing her father, her uneasy relationship with her sister and niece, her retirement, and the bottle. In her loneliness and remembrance of a life with possibilities, she bonds with young Penny (Laura Greenwood), a troubled friend of the murdered girl - though the girl's father becomes a suspect.

I admit I had a problem understanding a lot of the dialogue in this - the British go in for that natural sound replete with background noise, heavy accents, and no body mikes. Also, this was a particularly noisy episode as nearly all the dead girl's mother did was scream at the top of her lungs, and she wasn't alone. Nevertheless, Mirren's performance cut across any problems I may have had. As Penny, Laura Greenwood, who resembles the American actress Amber Tamblyn, gave a truly marvelous performance. Doubtless we'll be seeing her in more British imports to come.

As part of the Masterpiece Theatre presentation, Mirren gave an interview about the role of Jane, and how she had been counseled by a police woman never to cry except in private, never to fold her arms across her body, and to touch people (a display of power). She stated that she stopped doing "Prime Suspect" for a time lest she be too closely identified with the role of Jane and cease being Helen Mirren, actress. As if she could ever be anything else.

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