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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Carter
... Eric Paice
... Anna
John Osborne ... Cyril Kinnear
... Peter the Dutchman
... Con McCarty
... Glenda (as Geraldine Moffatt)
Dorothy White ... Margaret
Rosemarie Dunham ... Edna
Petra Markham ... Doreen Carter
... Keith
Bryan Mosley ... Cliff Brumby
... Albert Swift
... Thorpe
... Gerald Fletcher
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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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What happens when a professional killer violates the code? Get Carter! See more »

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18 March 1971 (USA)  »

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£750,000 (estimated)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Jack begins to watch the blue movie at Glenda's flat, it takes him a very long time to cotton on that his niece Doreen is a actually in it. However, there is a close up of the side of Doreen's face in the first two or three seconds Her own uncle would have easily recognized her. See more »

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Peter: Don't let us interrupt you.
Jack Carter: Now...
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Get Carter (2010) See more »

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Gettin' Nowhere In a Hurry
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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Cold, Hard, and Glistening
30 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

The movie's an ice-cold exercise in revenge, with a no-nonsense script and a first-rate turn by Caine as the heck-bent avenger. Someone killed his brother and, by golly, they're going to pay along with anyone else who gets in his way. The idea's not new; what's different is that Carter (Caine) has almost no redeeming qualities. He's about as cold blooded as the worst of the gangsters he confronts. Rooting for him is like rooting for a stomach pain over a headache.

Then too, Caine's ice-blue eyes are put to good use in sizing up his targets. And catch that gear shifting in the fast car timed to coincide with Carter's fast action on the bed. At last the subtext of all those sleek auto advertisements is revealed, this time in high octane. I just wish we saw more of Ms. Ekland, both literally and especially figuratively. And if that's not enough, catch that great ending. It's a marvel of imaginative staging and a perfect cap to what's gone before. Anyway, the movie reminds me of a polished piece of glass-- just about as cold and shiny and needing no depth. I couldn't stop looking at it.


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