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


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Mike Hodges (screenplay)
Ted Lewis (novel)
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Release Date:
18 March 1971 (USA) See more »
The original gangster is back. See more »
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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The ultimate in British gangster chic See more (193 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Jack Carter

Ian Hendry ... Eric Paice

Britt Ekland ... Anna
John Osborne ... Cyril Kinnear
Tony Beckley ... Peter the Dutchman
George Sewell ... Con McCarty

Geraldine Moffat ... Glenda (as Geraldine Moffatt)
Dorothy White ... Margaret
Rosemarie Dunham ... Edna
Petra Markham ... Doreen Carter

Alun Armstrong ... Keith
Bryan Mosley ... Cliff Brumby

Glynn Edwards ... Albert Swift
Bernard Hepton ... Thorpe
Terence Rigby ... Gerald Fletcher

John Bindon ... Sid Fletcher
Godfrey Quigley ... Eddie
Kevin Brennan ... Harry
Maxwell Deas ... Vicar (as Maxwell Dees)
Liz McKenzie ... Mrs. Brumby
John Hussey ... Architect
Ben Aris ... Architect
Kitty Atwood ... Old Woman (as Kitty Attwood)
Denea Wilde ... Pub Singer
Geraldine Sherman ... Girl in Café
Joy Merlyn ... Woman in Post Office
Yvonne Michaels ... Woman in Post Office
Alan Hockey ... Scrapyard Dealer
Karl Howard ... 'J' (as Carl Howard)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ellis Dale ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Alexander Morton ... Hubert (uncredited)
John Quarmby ... 2nd Gambler (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Hodges 
Writing credits
Mike Hodges (screenplay)

Ted Lewis (novel "Jack's Return Home")

Produced by
Michael Klinger .... producer
Michael Caine .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roy Budd 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Assheton Gorton 
Art Direction by
Roger King 
Costume Design by
Evangeline Harrison  (as Vangie Harrison)
Makeup Department
Allan McKeown .... hairdresser (as Alan McKeown)
George Partleton .... makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keith Evans .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jim Atkinson .... dubbing editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist (as Chris Wangler)
Special Effects by
Jack Wallis .... special effects
Johnny Morris .... stunt director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dusty Miller .... camera operator
David Budd .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Geddes .... camera grip (uncredited)
John MacAvoy .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bryan Oates .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Derek Gibson .... location manager
Music Department
Roy Budd .... musician
Jeff Cline .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Judd Proctor .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bill Geddes .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
Johnny Morris .... technical advisor
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
112 min | West Germany:103 min (cut version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1985) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (2000) | Finland:K-18 (1971) | France:Tous publics | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (cut) | Singapore:R21 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

John Osborne had never played card games before the film, and practiced poker before the shoot, to lend realism to the gambling scene.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[Anna is having phone sex with Carter when her husband enters the room]
Gerald Fletcher:What's the matter? You got gut trouble or something?
Anna:No, darling. Just doing my exercises.
[in the phone]
Anna:Listen, Janet, Gerald's just walked in. I must ring off.
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Gettin' Nowhere In a HurrySee more »


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51 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate in British gangster chic, 2 June 2001
Author: fatglyn from Plymouth, England

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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