Get Carter

  • 18
  • Mike Hodges (1971)
  • UK
  • 106 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This terrific, tough British thriller hides its story of raw revenge behind some fascinating Newcastle upon Tyne locations, courtesy of cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, and its impact remains undiminished. Director Mike Hodges keeps a firm hand on the surly proceedings and Michael Caine is at his most impressively impassive as the London gangster who goes north after his brother is murdered and finds his teenage niece involved in a blue-film racket. Playwright John Osborne, appearing here as a North East crime boss, has a razor-slash presence. This is sex and death with a British accent, and it makes a welcome change from the more familiar American-set thrillers of today. Unfortunately, a glossy Hollywood remake starring Sylvester Stallone was released in 2001, so be advised to stick with the unadulterated original.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Michael Caine as ruthless London gangster Jack Carter, who travels to the North East to shed light on the mysterious death of his brother. He uncovers a conspiracy involving blue movies, the local villains and certain "respectable" citizens. When he learns enough, Carter plans his revenge.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jack Carter
Michael Caine
Cyril Kinnear
John Osborne
Eric Paice
Ian Hendry
Anna Fletcher
Britt Ekland
Cliff Brumby
Bryan Mosley
Glenda
Geraldine Moffat
Margaret
Dorothy White
Keith
Alun Armstrong
Albert Swift
Glynn Edwards
Peter
Tony Beckley
Con
George Sewell
Edna
Rosemarie Dunham
Doreen
Petra Markham
Gerald Fletcher
Terence Rigby
Thorpe
Bernard Hepton
Sid Fletcher
John Bindon

Crew

Director
Mike Hodges

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Michael Klinger
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Jun 1999
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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