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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.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Osborne ...
Tony Beckley ...
Peter the Dutchman
George Sewell ...
Geraldine Moffat ...
Glenda (as Geraldine Moffatt)
Dorothy White ...
Rosemarie Dunham ...
Petra Markham ...
Bryan Mosley ...
Albert Swift
Bernard Hepton ...
Terence Rigby ...


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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Release Date:

18 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack rechnet ab  »

Box Office


£750,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


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 »


Jack Carter: [to Margaret] I've come for you, Margaret.
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Referenced in Shaft (1971) See more »


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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