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Crime and Punishment 

This mini-series is the ultimate psychological thriller with a powerful sense of guilt and retribution, set in St. Petersburg in the second half of the nineteenth century. Rashalnikov is a ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
John Hurt ...  Raskolnikov 3 episodes, 1979
Anne Orwin ...  Nastasya 3 episodes, 1979
Siân Phillips ...  Katerina Ivanovna 3 episodes, 1979
Fiona Glassbrook Fiona Glassbrook ...  Polenka 3 episodes, 1979
Nicky Stoter Nicky Stoter ...  Kolya 3 episodes, 1979
Francesca Gerrard Francesca Gerrard ...  Lida 3 episodes, 1979
Christine Ozanne Christine Ozanne ...  St. Petersburg Citizen 3 episodes, 1979
Beatrix Lehmann ...  Pawnbroker 2 episodes, 1979
Carinthia West Carinthia West ...  Lizaveta 2 episodes, 1979
David Troughton ...  Razumihin 2 episodes, 1979
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ...  Nicolay 2 episodes, 1979
Barbara Young ...  Mme. Lippevechsel 2 episodes, 1979
Frank Middlemass ...  Marmeladov 2 episodes, 1979
Malcolm Tierney ...  Zametov 2 episodes, 1979
Timothy West ...  Porfiry Petrovich 2 episodes, 1979
Yolande Palfrey Yolande Palfrey ...  Sonia Marmeladovna 2 episodes, 1979
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ...  Accuser 2 episodes, 1979
Gertan Klauber ...  Porter at Pawnbroker's Flat 2 episodes, 1979
Prunella Ransome ...  Dounia 2 episodes, 1979
Anthony Bate ...  Svidrigailov 2 episodes, 1979
Yvonne Coulette Yvonne Coulette ...  Raskolnikov's Mother 2 episodes, 1979
Frederick Radley Frederick Radley ...  St. Petersburg Citizen 2 episodes, 1979
Julie May Julie May ...  St. Petersburg Citizen 2 episodes, 1979


This mini-series is the ultimate psychological thriller with a powerful sense of guilt and retribution, set in St. Petersburg in the second half of the nineteenth century. Rashalnikov is a highly intelligent and striking young student who decides to test his courage and integrity by killing a mean old woman who he is sure nobody will miss. But his crime goes seriously awry and, although there's no clear evidence against him, wily investigator Porfiry sets up a complex series of traps, encounters and conversations which slowly but inexorably allow Rashalnikov to incriminate himself, and eventually confess. Rashalnikov is young, impassioned, lonely, and lost. Despite being a murderer, he is a man possessed by both good and evil who cannot escape his own conscience and his inevitable punishment.

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Release Date:

28 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime et châtiment See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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(3 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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The best version for those who love the book...
12 January 2004 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

Nowadays, many would find this mini-series overly talky, even for a TV drama. For example, in a scene of part one, actor Frank Middlemas grouses and weeps in self-pity for ten whole minutes! However, the sequence is straight out of chapter two of the novel, with most of the dialog included, and all in all, the whole mini-series is a very faithful adaptation. Yes, it may be talky, but the talk is good; few novelists were more philosophically ruminative than Dostoyevsky...

Some of the casting is first-rate. The other versions I've seen portray Raskolnikov as a somewhat demonic though poetical intellect--completely overlooking that, although a murderer, he can be often sensitive, sentimental, and even generous. John Hurt believably portrays all these qualities and he's a exemplary Raskolnikov, even if he is a little too old for the part. Timothy West is a brilliant Porfiry and his three scenes with John Hurt are model examples of nuanced and subtle acting and interacting.

This is a production for those who either love the book, or who want to love it.

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