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Get Carter (1971)

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When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writers:

Mike Hodges (screenplay), Ted Lewis (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Jack Carter
Ian Hendry ... Eric Paice
Britt Ekland ... Anna
John Osborne John Osborne ... Cyril Kinnear
Tony Beckley ... Peter the Dutchman
George Sewell ... Con McCarty
Geraldine Moffat ... Glenda (as Geraldine Moffatt)
Dorothy White Dorothy White ... Margaret
Rosemarie Dunham Rosemarie Dunham ... Edna
Petra Markham Petra Markham ... Doreen Carter
Alun Armstrong ... Keith
Bryan Mosley Bryan Mosley ... Cliff Brumby
Glynn Edwards ... Albert Swift
Bernard Hepton ... Thorpe
Terence Rigby ... Gerald Fletcher
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Storyline

A vicious London gangster, Jack Carter, travels to Newcastle for his brother's funeral. He begins to suspect that his brother's death was not an accident and sets out to follow a complex trail of lies, deceit, cover-ups and backhanders through Newcastle's underworld, leading, he hopes, to the man who ordered his brother killed. Because of his ruthlessness, Carter exhibits all the unstopability of the cyborg in The Terminator (1984), or Walker in Point Blank (1967), and he and the other characters in this movie are prone to sudden, brutal acts of violence. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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What happens when a professional killer violates the code? Get Carter! See more »

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack rechnet ab See more »

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Budget:

£750,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes at the top of the multi-story car park, were in what was due to be a restaurant, but it was never completed, because the local fire brigade refused to grant it a fire certificate, on the grounds that if a fire had broken out in it, they wouldn't have been able to get the fire engines up the top due to the steep ramps and low ceilings. See more »

Goofs

Carter's rented Cortina is actually 2 cars, which have different registrations YBB 371H and YBB 372H at various points during the film. 371H acquires a dent above the front grille at one stage, while 372H never shows this dent, but does lose its front bumper. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gerald Fletcher: Bare ass naked with his socks still on?
Sid Fletcher: Yeah, they do it like that - up North.
Gerald Fletcher: What for? For protective purposes?
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Alternate Versions

According to director Mike Hodges on the R2 commentary, when ITV first showed the film, the phone sex scene had been shortened. See more »

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Referenced in World of Pub: Caine (2001) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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Played by the Pelaw Hussars
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31 August 2004 | by ginger_sonnySee all my reviews

British gangster classic starring Michael Caine as the eminently quotable, ultimately tough Jack Carter

Hard to believe that a major studio felt the need to remake this British gangster classic, which ranks up there with the likes of The Long Good Friday as one of the finest home grown films of the past 30 years.

Caine is the gangster who goes to Newcastle for his brother's funeral and begins to suspect his death was no accident; cue edgy thrills and violence as he exacts revenge on the folks he believes responsible.

Caine, as in the majority of his signature roles, is superbly armed with a set of eminently quotable one-liners ("You're a big man, but you're out of shape" tops the bill this time), and as emotionally detached and violently ruthless as Point Blank's similarly vengeful Lee Marvin, while director Hodges paints a gritty, bleak picture of the gangster underworld.

Soap fans will be equally intrigued to see Coronation Street's Alf Roberts (aka Bryan Moseley) being tossed off a roof.


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