Get Carter

Get Carter

Director: Mike Hodges

Cast: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland

     
 

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Get Carter stars Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a powerful British gangster out for blood. His brother has been murdered in Newcastle, prompting Carter to declare a one-man war on other racketeers. Carter must also get his niece out of the life she is leading as an actress in pornographic films. Now that he is a loose cannon, Carter must be eliminated. Get…  See more details below

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Get Carter stars Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a powerful British gangster out for blood. His brother has been murdered in Newcastle, prompting Carter to declare a one-man war on other racketeers. Carter must also get his niece out of the life she is leading as an actress in pornographic films. Now that he is a loose cannon, Carter must be eliminated. Get Carter is typical action fare of the 1970s in that there are virtually no "good guys" -- in fact, the assassin is probably the most likable character in the piece! Originally rated X for violence and female nudity, Get Carter was reclassified as an R after subsequent crime films became even more bloodthirsty.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of British cinema's seminal postmodern gangster films, 1971's Get Carter reflects perfectly the anti-establishment, sexually relaxed mood of the times while simultaneously harking back to the seedy toughness of Depression-era mob movies and WWII-vintage film noir classics. London-based "enforcer" Jack Carter (Michael Caine, in one of his very best performances) returns to his seedy hometown, Newcastle, to make funeral arrangements for his brother, who has died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. Believing his sibling to have been murdered, Carter noses around Newcastle's underworld and eventually trails sleazy chauffeur Eric Paice (Ian Hendry) to local crime lord Kinnear (John Osbourne), whom Carter suspects of putting his brother "on the spot." Warned to return to London without asking questions, the big-city hit man remains to wreak revenge and assuage his own guilt. In his feature-film debut, writer-director Mike Hodges portrays the seamy underworld milieu with remarkable fidelity and courageously presents a protagonist with virtually no redeeming qualities. Jack Carter is ruthless and amoral, blithely bedding the crime lord's mistress (Geraldine Moffatt) while plotting his revenge. The film is peppered with staccato bursts of savage violence that are all the more effective for their brutality and unpredictability, and Carter's casual approach to bloodletting remains genuinely shocking more than 30 years after the movie was released. Hodges pulls no punches, but he manages to command viewer interest at all times even though his principal characters are uniformly unpleasant and irredeemable. Get Carter anticipated the nihilistic crime dramas of the '80s and '90s, but very few of those had the impact that this perversely enjoyable little thriller continues to have, decades later.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Featuring a young Michael Caine in one of his best and perhaps least expected performances, Get Carter helped set the standard for contemporary gangster film grit. Adapted for the screen and directed by BBC TV veteran and feature neophyte Mike Hodges, Get Carter's starkly economical style and bleakly seedy Newcastle location provided an appropriate backdrop for Caine's Jack Carter. As a London mobster out for vengeance in his hometown, Caine's ruthlessness overruled any sympathy that could have been gleaned from the familial bonds driving his quest, turning him into a memorably amoral "hero" akin to Lee Marvin's equally brutal seeker in Point Blank (1967). Famed "angry young man" playwright John Osborne is a formidable nemesis as the smooth fat cat Kinnear, while Ian Hendry earned kudos for his performance as slippery chauffeur Eric Paice. Though it was not exactly greeted with open arms by the critics, Get Carter's toughness rejuvenated the genre and it has since come to be considered one of the best British gangster films ever made. Sylvester Stallone's 2000 remake suffers by comparison in every way.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0883316398388
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
7,248

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Jack Carter
Ian Hendry Eric
Britt Ekland Anna
John Osborne Kinnear
Tony Beckley Peter
George Sewell Con McCarty
Terence Rigby Gerald Fletcher
Kevin Brennan Harry
John Hussey Architect
Ben Aris Architect
Geraldine Sherman Girl in cafe
Geraldine Moffatt Glenda
Dorothy White Margaret
Rosemarie Dunham Edna
Petra Markham Doreen
Alun Armstrong Keith Lacey
Bryan Mosley Brumby
Glynn Edwards Albert
Bernard Hepton Thorpe
John Bindon Sid Fletcher
Godfrey Quigley Eddie
Alexander Morton Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Hodges Director,Screenwriter
Roy Budd Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Fishman Songwriter
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
Evangeline Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Vangie Harrison Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger King Art Director
Michael Klinger Producer
Irene Lamb Casting
George Partleton Makeup
Wolfgang Suschitzky Cinematographer
John Trumper Editor
Hal B. Wallis Special Effects
Christian Wangler Sound/Sound Designer

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