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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.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writers:

Mike Hodges (screenplay), Ted Lewis (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Jack Carter
Ian Hendry ... Eric Paice
Britt Ekland ... Anna
John Osborne John Osborne ... Cyril Kinnear
Tony Beckley ... Peter the Dutchman
George Sewell ... Con McCarty
Geraldine Moffat ... Glenda (as Geraldine Moffatt)
Dorothy White Dorothy White ... Margaret
Rosemarie Dunham Rosemarie Dunham ... Edna
Petra Markham Petra Markham ... Doreen Carter
Alun Armstrong ... Keith
Bryan Mosley ... Cliff Brumby
Glynn Edwards ... Albert Swift
Bernard Hepton ... Thorpe
Terence Rigby ... Gerald Fletcher
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Storyline

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 cyborg in The Terminator (1984), or Walker in Point Blank (1967), and he and the other characters in this movie 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 »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

As Ted Lewis had not specified where his novel was set, writer and director Mike Hodges felt free to relocate the story to a place with which he was familiar, considering Grimsby, Lowestoft, Hull, and North Shields, before deciding on Newcastle upon Tyne. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Jack Carter goes into the cafe and asks Geraldine "Where's Albert", you can see the rear end of Kinnear's big blue Cadillac car parked in the street outside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gerald Fletcher: Bollock naked with his socks still on?
Sid Fletcher: Yeah, they do it like that - up North.
Gerald Fletcher: What for? For protective purposes?
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Alternate Versions

According to director Mike Hodges on the R2 commentary, when ITV first showed the film, the phone sex scene had been shortened. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Best British Movie Endings (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Gettin' Nowhere In a Hurry
Music by Roy Budd
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
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User Reviews

 
The Leanest, Meanest British Crime Thriller Ever
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

This film has a stunning Michael Caine play cold-blooded gangster Jack Carter on a quest for vengeance. Carter never wavers, he never strays from his path, he is like a surgical instrument that cuts down everything in his way with clinical precision without passion or mercy. If the Terminator were a human character, he would be Carter. Alfred he is not (hint: that's a Batman reference) . One of the best British crime flicks ever. 8 stars out of 10.

In case you're interested in more underrated masterpieces, here's some of my favorites:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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