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Get Carter (1971)

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

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

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£750,000 (estimated)
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Attempts to demolish the multi-story car-park, used several times as a meeting place, were met with protests. "Get Carter" made it one of the few famous buildings in the Gateshead, the borough across the River from Newcastle. See more »

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When Brumby is at the top of the stairs telling people to get out, some people run down the stairs but in the next shot, no one is running out of the house. See more »

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Architect: [Brumby has suddenly disappeared from his meeting with the architects at the car park building] It's very rude to disappear like that. Where can he possibly be?
Architect: [Sounds of police cars converging on the car park can be heard below] I have an awful feeling we're not going to get our fees on this job.
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Referenced in White Heat: The Dark Side of the Moon (2012) See more »

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Lookin' For Someone
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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The ultimate in British gangster chic
2 June 2001 | by (Plymouth, England) – See all my reviews

If Shakespeare could have written a gangster movie, "Get Carter" would surely be the one. Jack Carter is the 1970s embodiment of classical tragic heroes like Hamlet or Macbeth. Also, in the finest Shakespearian tradition, as the film reaches its climax, the bodies begin to mount with alarming rapidity.

The film is initially a slow-burner, but what is arguably a career-best performance from Michael Caine sustains interest until the plot begins, in every sense, to kick in. And when it does, there's no stopping it, as Carter ruthlessly, and recklessly, sets about dealing with his enemies.

The industrial city of Newcastle is depicted as gritty, seedy and unapologetically working class. The grainy camerawork gives the impression that this is a real-life documentary rather than a gangster flick.

Probably every British gangster movie since has used "Get Carter" as a benchmark, particularly "The Long Good Friday", or even the revoltingly trendy "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". Any why shouldn't they? For the ultimate British gangster icon, you need look no further than Jack Carter and his silver Ford Cortina.

A genuine classic.


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