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Get Carter (1971)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  18 March 1971 (USA)
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When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

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Glenda (as Geraldine Moffatt)
Dorothy White ...
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Albert Swift
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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 android in Terminator, or Walker in Point Blank, and he and the other characters in the film are prone to sudden, brutal acts of violence. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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The original gangster is back. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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When Carter (Michael Caine) enters Cyril Kinnear's house, there is a Zulu shield and assegais on the wall. This is an in-joke about Michael Caine's first screen success in Zulu (1964). See more »

Goofs

As Carter (Michael Caine) checks each stall in the men's room while searching for Thorpe, one can see on the wall at the end of the men's room the shadow not only of Carter, but also that of the cameraman filming the scene. See more »

Quotes

Edna: What's that gun doing in your room? Suppose I phone the police, told them there's a bloke in my hotel... who's planning to shoot somebody?
Jack Carter: You wouldn't do that.
Edna: How do you know I wouldn't?
Jack Carter: 'Cause I know you wear purple underwear.
Edna: What's that supposed to mean?
Jack Carter: Think about it.
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Gettin' Nowhere In a Hurry
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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Forget Lock Stock and 2 smoking......
26 January 2001 | by (Marbella, Spain) – See all my reviews

Forget Lock stock...this is how a British gangster film should be made. Michael Caine is excellent as the London based hardman going back to Newcastle to avenge the death of his brother. The use of provincial locations in the early 1970s is almost unique in british cinema. Newcastle itself, it has to be said,looks as cold and ruthless as Jack Carter himself and wouldnt be used by the North of England tourist board.Look out for some first rate performances especially Ian Hendry and the playwrite John Osbourne as a sinister Mr Big.The film is violent and uncompromising but also very entertaining with a neat line in black humour. Dont miss it!


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