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  • Drama
  • 2000
  • Stephen Kay
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Glossy Hollywood version of the classic 1971 British crime thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson and Mickey Rourke. A hired killer returns to Seattle for his brother's funeral. When he discovers that his sibling's death was no accident he exacts brutal revenge. Michael Caine, star of the original, has a cameo role.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This ill-advised remake of the Mike Hodges/Michael Caine Tyneside-set classic sees a moody Sylvester Stallone taking over the vengeful Carter role and the action relocated to America. Several of the character names remain (although Rachael Leigh Cook certainly doesn't look like a Doreen) and some dialogue remains semi-intact. Yet, this has few similarities to the outstanding original, replacing gritty direction with flashy surface gloss, Caine's unremitting viciousness with Stallone's soft-centred bruiser, a small-time pornography ring with big-business internet entertainment and Roy Budd's haunting score with a noisy rock remix. Caine himself has an ineffectual cameo and is on the receiving end of Jack Carter's most celebrated line, delivered by Stallone as if he's reading a shopping list. Bearable, if instantly forgettable.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack CarterSylvester Stallone
Gloria CarterMiranda Richardson
Doreen CarterRachael Leigh Cook
Cyrus PaiceMickey Rourke
Cliff BrumbyMichael Caine
Jeremy KinnearAlan Cumming
GeraldineRhona Mitra
AudreyGretchen Mol
EddieJohnny Strong

Crew

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DirectorStephen Kay

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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