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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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One Of The Best British Films Ever Made See more (196 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:R (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1985) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) (2000) | France:Tous publics | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (cut) | Singapore:R21 | Spain:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | USA:R (certificate #22696) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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The film went from concept to finished film in just ten months.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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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV)See more »
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40 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
One Of The Best British Films Ever Made, 10 April 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Michael Caine has often said that GET CARTER was the first gangster movie not to portray gangsters as either being stupid or funny . He`s right , but he could also have added that this was probably the first film not to show gangsters as being sexy in anyway . Sure Glenda , Magaret etc might be physically attractive but sexy ? I don`t think so . And the men aren`t any less unattractive , almost all of them are cowardly two faced weasels or violent thugs and often these character traits overlap.

Director Mike Hodges has made a bleak , nihilistic classic film . He isn`t flashy unlike present day film makers associated with gangster flicks but that`s not a criticism . I love the way Hodges makes use of the locations in showing the North East of England as a cold , austere windswept urban area of high rise council estates and red brick terraced houses with outside toilets . There is a train of thought that by showing the audience all this it dates the film but it`s also true that it reminds us that living standards are also different today . No one takes a phone call in the pub because everyone has a mobile phone nowadays , the internet and videos have replaced slide shows and silent 8mm as the medium for porn , and it`s now illegal to dump the slag from coal mining into the sea because of EU regulations

GET CARTER also has some really great dialogue which I could sit here all day quoting . But I won`t bother except to say my favourite line is when Carter jumps out of bed naked and holds a gun on Con and Peter

Con : Put it away jack you know you won`t use it

Peter : The gun he`s talking about

classic dialogue from a classic film

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