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This brutal , austere crime-thriller focuses cheerless Tyrone in the
title role (a tough , amoral African-American Bernie Casey) , he's a
hit-man who returns home to investigate his brother's death by some
mobsters . Two-fisted Tyrone in order to revenge his brother , vows
vengeance and spontaneously meets sleazy characters in the middle of
sinister bands war and running afoul into underworld . Tyrone Tackett
keeps the things moving along until ending vendetta , as he aims to
This routine film features thrills , raw energy , adult subject matter with abundant nudism and lots of violence . Plenty of intrigue , funky music , kinky sex , noisy action and grisly killings until finale vengeance . Cool secondary cast filled with African-American actors such as Pam Grier , Roger E Mosley and appears unbilled Paul Gleason . Based on a novel titled 'Get Carter' by Ted Lewis from 1970 original movie and of far superior directed by Michael Hodges and starred by Michael Caine and Britt Ekland . Remade again (2000) by Stephen Kay with Sylvester Stallone and Mickey Rourke . This Blaxploitiation movie was regularly directed by George Armitage . He's a good director with a few movies and expert on action and intrigue genre , such as ¨Miami Blues¨ (with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh), ¨Grosse Point Blank¨ (with John Cusack and Minnie Driver) and ¨Big Bounce¨ (Charlie Sheen, Owen Wilson). Rating : Acceptable and passable ; being rated R for nudism and strong violence .
Good black gangster film, American version of the earlier British released
"GET CARTER" with Micheal Caine.
Follows the same storyline, with main character the gangster Tyrone Tackett, moving back to LA to find out who killed his brother. He moves into the dark underworld of the mob and adult movie bizz, and gets his revenge. Not bad acting, funky black street talk. Bloody and violent with harsh language, cheesy action scenes with funky music in the background! 6/10 points
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I just watched this on Turner Classics Middle East, and I can tell by all the places the reviewers come from (mostly the UK) that this movie does not get airplay in the USA. Ted Turner (if he owns the overseas MGM catalog and network) has no problems showing stereotype stuff overseas but I guess he catches to much flak at his liberal cocktail parties in America to air films like this or another I just saw on TCM, "Cool Breeze". Both movies were made the same year 1972. Let me educate the European reviewers who seem to be making some observations and try to clarify why it was done. One reviewer said that the blacks dress outrageously and talk stereotypical or something along those lines. The dress is not over the top, I grew up in New York city and I'll never forget seeing an actual pimp mobile, its just like the movie "Magnum Force" had very outrageous style and in your face. The clothes did happen, of course its a movie so not everyone can afford all the nice clothes and dress and stuff but thats a movie thing, the styles are accurate for that time. As far as the speech goes, it sounded like it was OK to me as well, nothing at all outrageous about it. Blacks in America have their own dialect unlike UK blacks which although I'm sure an English person may recognize the difference, they are a lot closer than Caucasian and black Americans generally sound. Third, a lot of you UK reviewers are taking this movie waaaay to seriously. This movie was shown in a second tier type theater in the northern states (where I grew up)and probably in a predominantly black area theater in the south. It was where people went to get get wasted and drunk (usually in the theater), and have a good time with LOTS of audience ad libs thrown out in the audience. That is why the ending is "happy", this is not a movie for critical thought, it's for good times. By the way, Cool Breeze is a blaxploitation flick of The Asphalt Jungle and it to has a "happy" ending unlike the original, as well. My favorite parts of the movie are when Tyrone is driving with Sherwood and they are swigging and knockin down a quart of bourbon and getting lit up! Sherwood, played by Sam Laws was great in his small role as he was when he was in Cool Breeze. Other notable scenes that I enjoyed, Tyrone blows a hole in his landladies roof with a shotgun and shes mad that he didn't do her before he left! Pam Grier bust fans (like me) will groove to this one, she bares that great chest a good while and it's looking real fine. All in all, this honky says check this flick out its, "dyno-mite"!
Blaxploitation remake of Get Carter about a man (Bernie Casey) investigating the death of his brother. Ample doses of sex, violence, and humor. Colorful language and stereotypical characters might turn easily offended viewers off. Bernie Casey makes for a solid blaxploitation protagonist: tough, cool, and magic with the ladies. Pam Grier is sexy as always and appears in all her glory. The character she plays is scummy and meets a particularly gruesome end. Lisa Moore is amusing as the motel manager with the hots for Casey and has some great lines. Marilyn Joi has a couple of brief but memorable scenes as the aptly-named Rita Biggs. Early role for Paul Gleason as a policeman/hit-man. A good movie that, like the best of the genre, rises above its gritty subject matter and manages to entertain not depress.
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****SPOILERS**** Better then you would have expected Blaxploitation
version of "Get Carter" made a year after the original Michael Cain
release has Okland ex-con and mob enforcer Tyrone Tackett travel to L.A
to find out the reason behind his brother Cornell's mysterious death.
The straight laced and tea toting Cornell was killed by crashing his
car over a guardrail and smashing into the Pacific Ocean below where he
drowned. At the autopsy Cornell was found to be drenched from head to
toe with over a paint of cheap whiskey at the time of his death!
Heading straight to Candi Lilly's whorehouse in suburban L.A Tackett isn't interested in having a good time there but to track Cornell's latest squeeze hooker Ivelle Way who was last seen with him before he was killed. As Tackett puts the squeeze on Irvell he find out that Cornell's out of control teenage daughter Rochell may have been the reason behind his tragic death or as Tackett suspects murder. As Tackett goes into the underbelly or belly of the beast, the LA porno industry, he uncovers his niece's's sorry life as a kid on the streets who was exploited by local pimps and porn peddlers that eventually later lead her murder. That despite all of Tacketts's efforts to get her on the straight and narrow road to both drug and prostitution rehabilitation.
The usually mild mannered and soft spoken Bernie Casey is really convincing here as the no holds barred take no prisoners butt kicking dude Tyrone Tackett: A guy that you or anyone else wouldn't want to mess with. Casey is incredibly far more effective as well as convincing then his better known fellow ex-football Blaxpoitation actors Jim Brown & Fred Williamson in his action scenes. As well as him being, he sure got the build for it, far more overpowering when dealing with the bad guys in the movie! In that Casey never seems to be even as much as threatened by those he dukes or shoot it out with who never stand a chance against him. It takes a while but Tackett finally gets to the truth to who had Rochell murdered and by pretending he doesn't know he tricks him into meeting him outside L.A. That's to get paid off in order to keep the heat off of his boss who's had Rochell murdered. And the person, or in between, who's to pay Tackett off is the very hit-man who did in Rochell L.A mob boss Nano Zito's chauffeur & enforcer Shag Merriweather!
***SPOILERS*** Blood splattering final with Tackett tricking L.A porno king Theotis Oliver's gang into icing Mafia Don's Nano Zito, who Oliver worked for, and his men after an all day and night sex and drunken orgy at his playboy like mansion. With the Zito mob canceled out Tackett finish off Oliver who had Rochell murdered, to keep her from talking, and his boys with only hit-man Shag, who had no idea that his boss Oliver was history, left alive! Whom a by now totally out of control bull in a China shop Tyrone Tackett saved for the very last!
An excellent version of the Ted Lewis book, Jack's return home. Although the style and acting is below the high standard of Hodges' classic Get Carter, it conjures up some novel death scenes and some cool dialogue. Caine said "You're a big man, but you're out of shape. Me, it's a full time job." Bernie Casie said, "You're a big cat, but don't be selling me no wolf ticket." Quality. If you liked Carter, you'll like Hit Man.
As a big fan of 'Get Carter,' I watched this on cable TV for a laugh and wasn't disappointed. It is a funky blaxploitation movie to rival 'Shaft' and a pretty fair remake of 'Carter,' much better than the Stallone nonsense of a couple of years back. It was fun matching scenes from the original especially the 'phone sex, which just killed me. Very funny and pretty cool!
Hit Man (1972)
** (out of 4)
Fairly weak and at times tame Blaxploitation flick has Bernie Casey playing a man who travels to L.A. after the suspicious death of his brother. It turns out that the brother got involved with gangsters and pornography so Casey must seek some revenge. HIT MAN really isn't a very good movie, although fans of the genre will probably find enough entertaining things in it to make it worth sitting through. I think the funniest thing about the picture is the dialogue, which of course is full of the "N" word but there are some hilarious one-liners. The dialogue certainly fits into the "so bad it's good" territory but it at least gives you a reason to laugh. The film contains quite a bit of nudity from start to finish but the real surprise was the lack of any real violence up until the very end. Once the ending comes around then we're greeted with some rather over-the-top and very bloody death scenes. The film is basically a reworking of the British classic GET CARTER but this film here is certainly lacking in most categories. The performances are all okay but certainly nothing that's going to jump out at you. Casey would go on to star in other Blaxploitation flicks like CLEOPATRA JONES and DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE and while he's certainly nothing classic like Jim Brown, he at least manages to keep you entertained. Pam Grier is sadly wasted in her supporting role that simply doesn't give her enough to do. Director George Armitage certainly keeps the film moving at a good pace but there's certainly a major need of a re-write.
This film shows how taking even a solidly founded film and remaking it
with low end rambling dialogue can mutilate what had some promise. Shot
almost scene for scene from GET CARTER -based on the 1969 novel Jack's
Return Home (which has resonated through multitudes of other film plots
successfully). This movie flounders in a horribly almost plot-less
screenplay. I dread what the outcome would have been had GET CARTER not
been the master mold. In this genre remake the hero is not clear as to
his history and drive and floats from place to place. No matter how
much spicing up with racy visuals it still falls short.
Not trying to short change any film, I watched it a second time and nothing changed, no nuance to be found (no fault of Bernie Casey). This is a typical low grade band wagon production from MGM of the time. With dialogue like "That just ain't in his head. I'm the freak of the family", when pondering whether his brother's death could have actually been a suicide you have a long haul to the end of this one.
Better use of the "out for revenge" plots of this era and genre have been seen in Welcome Home Brother Charles and Gordon's War.
This blaxploitation styled second filming of Ted Lewis's novel "Jack's
Return Home" - filmed just the previous year as the crime classic "Get
Carter" - is an acceptable diversion. It has a good cast playing a
variety of seedy characters, and a lot of hip dialogue. It's anchored
by the cooler than cool Bernie Casey, the former football player who
segued into a respectable career as an actor. It's all familiar enough
for those who've seen "Get Carter", although it comes up with some
different settings for the action, such as a wildlife preserve and a
dog fighting ring.
Casey plays a character named Tyrone Tackett, a tough as nails dude who travels from Oakland to L.A. to investigate the death of his brother Cornell. To do this, he must navigate the criminal underworld, including the adult entertainment business, making the acquaintance of people such as porn star Gozelda (a typically radiant Pam Grier).
"Hit Man" isn't anything special, but it's reasonably fun, with a script written by the movies' director, George Armitage. Produced by Roger Cormans' brother Gene (who was always more of a hands-on producer than his more famous sibling), its soundtrack (music by H.B. Barnum) is as engaging as anything else done for the blaxploitation genre. The cinematography is by future director Andrew Davis, who shot four features for Corman. There is some pretty potent violence near the end as well as a serving of female nudity.
Casey, who has a solid presence on screen, is well supported by Ms. Grier, Sam Laws as used car salesman Sherwood Epps, Candy All as Tyrones' niece Rochelle, Don Diamond as white mobster Nano Zito, Ed Cambridge as porno theatre entrepreneur Theotis Oliver, Roger E. Mosley as muscle man Huey, and Marilyn Joi as the aptly named Rita Biggs. Paul Gleason, a fixture in Armitages' filmography during this time, appears uncredited as a crooked cop.
Casey's Tackett does exhibit some of the same ruthlessness as Michael Caines' Jack Carter, and is overall enjoyable to watch.
Six out of 10.
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