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Get Carter (1971)

R  |   |  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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Peter the Dutchman
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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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The studio considered Joan Collins for a role. See more »

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(at around 1h 14 mins) After Carter has dunked Glenda underwater in the bath and pulls her up again, his shirt is soaking wet. As there was no big splash and as Carter never fell into the bath at that time, there is no need for his shirt to be that wet. See more »

Quotes

Edna: [Pointing to a small wooden box that contains Frank's cremated remains] That was left for you this evening... What is it?
Jack Carter: My brother Frank.
Edna: Is he staying the night?
Jack Carter: [not amused] Funny.
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Referenced in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Lyrics by Robert Burns, music traditional
Played by the Pelaw Hussars
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31 August 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

British gangster classic starring Michael Caine as the eminently quotable, ultimately tough Jack Carter

Hard to believe that a major studio felt the need to remake this British gangster classic, which ranks up there with the likes of The Long Good Friday as one of the finest home grown films of the past 30 years.

Caine is the gangster who goes to Newcastle for his brother's funeral and begins to suspect his death was no accident; cue edgy thrills and violence as he exacts revenge on the folks he believes responsible.

Caine, as in the majority of his signature roles, is superbly armed with a set of eminently quotable one-liners ("You're a big man, but you're out of shape" tops the bill this time), and as emotionally detached and violently ruthless as Point Blank's similarly vengeful Lee Marvin, while director Hodges paints a gritty, bleak picture of the gangster underworld.

Soap fans will be equally intrigued to see Coronation Street's Alf Roberts (aka Bryan Moseley) being tossed off a roof.


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