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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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Decent but Seriously Flawed
4 April 2004 | by richlandwomanSee all my reviews

This miniseries has its good points. Raskolnikov's farewell to his mother is moving; Sonya is believably sweet; the interrogation scenes are better than average; Marmeladov's long soliloquy is very well-acted.

However, there are a lot of problems. First, too many of the characters are too creepy and overdrawn, bordering on the freakish. The overacting gets seriously out of hand, especially during the funeral luncheon and its aftermath.

And, as weak as the novel's epilogue is, the film version's is even weaker, amounting to a trite exchange between Porfiry and Sonya and a reprint of the last paragraph of the book over a shot of someone crying.

And I don't think that Svidrigailov should end up as one of the story's more sympathetic characters -- thanks partly to the fact that the actor shows restraint in his role, and therefore seems recognizably human; and partly to the fact that the character's most unsavory urges have been excised from the teleplay.

Finally, I had mixed feelings about Hurt's performance. He spends a lot of the time looking scared and sweaty, but only occasionally conveys Raskolnikov's intelligence and sensitivity.


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