Get Carter

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Though the film was originally released in 1971, that didn't stop Warner Home Video from rounding up the principals to create a riveting DVD commentary track. Led by director Mike Hodges, it also includes discussions with star Michael Caine and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. The three tell stories about life on the set and also discuss visual thematic devices and subtleties of the film. The widescreen transfer, though not from a new print, is still crisp enough to allow the dark tunnels and eerie shadows to...
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Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Tony Beckley October 3, 2000 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 111 mins. Originally released: 1971.

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Though the film was originally released in 1971, that didn't stop Warner Home Video from rounding up the principals to create a riveting DVD commentary track. Led by director Mike Hodges, it also includes discussions with star Michael Caine and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. The three tell stories about life on the set and also discuss visual thematic devices and subtleties of the film. The widescreen transfer, though not from a new print, is still crisp enough to allow the dark tunnels and eerie shadows to enhance the storytelling. The audio, though mono, contains a music-only track. (The track is minimal, since there isn't a lot of music in the film.) Other extras include two theatrical trailers and something called a "music trailer," which intercuts composer Roy Budd playing the piano to a montage of the film. It's unusual, but then again, it's unusual for the DVD release of an older film to offer this complete a package.
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Special Features

Feature-length audio commetary by Michael Caine, director Mike Hodges, and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky; Music-only track; Notes on Michael Caine; Two theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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: 10/3/2000
  • UPC: 012569540026
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

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

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
0. Scene Selections
1. Think again, Jack. [3:04]
2. Credits in transit. [3:38]
3. Brother in a box. [5:55]
4. Frank's funeral. [4:56]
5. Edgy questions. [3:37]
6. With Eric at the races. [3:56]
7. Country house call. [8:04]
8. Don't trust boys. [4:24]
9. Long-distance Sexy. [3:19]
10. Not the ticket. [3:41]
11. Interrogation. [3:20]
12. Brumby's house. [3:11]
13. We won't tell. [2:19]
14. Interrupted. [4:22]
15. Back door, left door. [1:52]
16. "Get yourself a course in karate." [1:53]
17. The family villain. [3:03]
18. Name without a reason. [4:26]
19. Love in gear. [3:37]
20. Teacher's Pet. [3:24]
21. Filling in a name. [2:17]
22. How Frank died. [5:04]
23. Ferry reception. [4:59]
24. Brumby's fall. [2:13]
25. Stalking Margaret. [3:40]
26. A simple deal. [2:17]
27. The woods; an arrangement. [2:58]
28. Death in the country. [3:54]
29. Seaside chase. [3:20]
30. Drink up and die. [2:49]
31. Got Carter. [1:07]
32. Cast list. [:37]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Michael Caine
      Commentary
      Music Trailer
      International Trailer
      Music-Only Track
   Languages
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Is it great or just really, good?

    For about 15 years beginning with this film and fading with "The Long Good Friday", Britain made a streak of gritty crime dramas surpassing all American efforts. Heavy on character actors, clipped surrealistic dialogue nearly always set in decayed urban collapse, your basic crime dramas usually looks the same. Get Carter was voted The best British movie ever made and BAFTA lists it very high -around 16. It is actually a festival of great British character actors acting nasty. What is remarkable is a growing sense of ominous frightening suspense without action lasting nearly two thirds of the film - all acting and setup. That alone is the main achievement - once the shooting starts it is cathartic but old hat.

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