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Get Carter
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on June 16, 2017
VERY GOOD BRITISH GANGSTER REVENGE STORY. Micahel Caine Is perfect in his role as the gangster brother of a murdered man who sets out to find out the real reason why his brother was murdered. The plot has been well presented by other reviewers already so I'll just give it my nod. Of course it's dependent on several things. #1 you liking Michael Caine as an actor. #2 That you're into films placed in the 60's / 70"s era. #3 You like things British & gangster & can deal with violence though not gratuitous. I give it 4 stars (which equates to an 8) as let's face it few films are 10's. If you want the original non dubbed version than get the dvd. Price & service were very good.
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on October 23, 2017
GET CARTER is Britain's counterpart to the U.S.A. POINT BLANK. Two stories of revenge that get the best they have to give performances from Michael Caine and Lee Marvin. Why Sylvester S. decided to remake this story I will never know, but I suspect he was blinded by the $$$ purpose... bad decision. Michael Caine does everything right in his get tough role and the action story wraps around his personna like a glove. If you haven't...See it. If you have then do it again.
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on December 26, 2013
First off, get this film with the commentary. Cain and Mike Hodge's comments are very interesting. This was a dark film for an actor who'd made a career of mostly heroic leading men. I saw it when it first came out, when I was living in London in 1971, and found it intriguing but somewhat unsatisfying. Apparently American audiences didn't care for it. Like Mr. Cain, the film has aged well. Cain is a British "hit man," although this being England, he doesn't carry a gun. When his brother is killed, he is off to discover the truth about what happened. The film is filed with great scenes. The supporting cast is terrific. Just don't expect an action film. The violence is there, but everything is understated.
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on December 5, 2004
GET CARTER is one of Michael Caine's greatest films, probably my personal favorite! With its gritty style and brilliant central performance, this is a stunning crime thriller.

Low-level London gangster Jack Carter (Caine) returns to his childhood home of Newcastle to find out who killed his brother, and why! In a way, Carter becomes a detective, trying to solve this very personal mystery, by any means necessary!

A ruthless professional, Jack Carter is cautious and calculated and never allows himself to get too close to anyone, not even those willing to help him uncover the truth. He dismisses a friend just as casually as he would an enemy! After all, when you're in his line of work, you can't afford to be too emotionally involved.

Then something happens!

While investigating his brother's death, Jack discovers that another relative - someone close - has been dragged down into his underground world. Someone too young, too innocent. For one powerful moment, Jack Carter's wall breaks down, and his emotions explode! The normally calm professional becomes an animalistic killer. Driven by hatred and bent on revenge, Carter kills his victims without prejudice, whether they're guilty or simply in the way!

Michael Caine is magnificent! He purposefully sheds his charming persona and becomes the ultimate antihero in Jack Carter. In any other film, Carter would have been the villain, and an intimidating one. But in GET CARTER, we sympathize with the character because we understand his mission, and because Caine allows us opportunities to witness Carter's human side, rare they might be. Nonetheless, Caine never lets us forget Carter's darkness, and the moment we start to root for him, he snaps us back into the realization that Jack Carter is not a good person. And you can't take your eyes off Caine! GET CARTER is as much a character study as it is a thriller. Kudos to the film's director Mike Hodges for allowing his lead actor to create such a flawed protagonist, without apologies.

Hodges should also be praised for showcasing the city of Newcastle as an important character in the film. There's enough darkness and grit instilled within the streets, pubs, and people to remind Jack Carter that he is unmistakeably home.

As the director, Hodges takes an interesting minimalist approach in terms of the music, cinematography and overall style, but it works perfectly! GET CARTER is a lean, mean masterpiece! And while his cast is uniformly superb, Michael Caine turns this masterpiece into a tour de force by delivering one of his greatest performances!
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on January 13, 2015
Brilliant and lurid British gangster thriller from 1971. Perhaps Michael Caine's best role ever, as a London hood who travels to Newcastle with an axe to grind after his brother's mysterious death. Everyone becomes a victim under his savage vengeance. There is only a skeletal story here, so director Mike Hodges keeps the pace frenetic, it simply never slows down. Hodges never surpassed this first effort, and that's a shame.
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on January 13, 2009
Based on (and adapted for the screen by) Ted Lewis' novel, this is one of the grittest crime/gangster films since John Boorman's POINT BLANK. Like the Marvin character Walker, Caine's Jack Carter is a relentless force, unlike the Marvin character (who walks away in the end and avoids certain death), Carter cannot stop and it leads to his descruction. Revenge is the motive in both stories. For Walker it was betrayal for Carter it is to find an answer. Jack Carter is a hoodlum who works for crime bosses in London who returns to his working class beginnings to find out how his brother died. It moves slowly at first (but that is just Hodges building the mood) but when Jack decides to go after those responsible it moves like a force of nature. Probably Michael Caine's best role as the dope head/enforcer. Forget what you have seen of Caine before, this is Sir Michael as his most primal. Caine's stare can burn holes in the screen. It's a performance that stands alongside Marvin's Walker and Steve McQueen's Doc McCoy in Peckinpah's THE GETAWAY. Also starring a young and sexy Britt Eklund.
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on February 24, 2015
I love this type of movie from the British moviemakers of an earlier time. Michael Caine was superb as a man out for revenge. The story itself was well done, the music was terrific, and the action non stop. I loved Michael Caine as Harry Brown in a similar later film about getting revenge. You could say that Get Carter is a very satisfying movie about an eye for an eye.
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on June 24, 2014
"Get Carter" is a solid hard boiled, no nonsense crime thriller set in bleak blue collar England. Events start out simply enough, but they don't stay so for long. A London hood, played quite credibly by Michael Caine, arrives in gritty Newcastle for the funeral of a murdered brother. Here is a mean town. MC immediately suspects foul play and events quickly turn ugly. Certain local tough guys don't want Caine poking around but nothing will deter MC. Some hot women add to the mix.

Bad guy by seedy bad guy, Caine gets to the bottom of a dark and sordid tale. There is some true human slime here. Watch for the key scene in which MC, almost by chance, views "the film". This review won't divulge the graphic contents, but it is not pretty. (What in GC is?) The curious will just have to watch for themselves. The final minutes of GC are breathtaking as MC hunts down his final prey along a beach. Is there a less attractive "beach" anywhere? Who would swim in that place? BUT! There is more to GC! The real resolution comes a tad later, with a true shock for the viewer, who must watch closely. That fadeout delivers a good, hard slamming of the door finale. There are no second chances anywhere in GC.

Previous reviewers experienced audio problems with "Get Carter". This one did as well, in fact he had to view GC twice. Part of that was to understand the action but the spoken word was also an issue. Maybe it was those tough guy British accents, maybe it was the film. That problem warranted the deduction of a star from the rating above. With clear dialogue, "Get Carter" is an absolute 5 star movie.
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on September 4, 2017
Ultra classic and timeless UK gangster flick. And, the the black horn rimmed cool Alfie aka Michael Caine.
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on August 5, 2004
I was fortunate to have first seen this film on a trip to London at a revival theatre in Leicester Square. I cannot imagine that Quentin Tarantino has not seen this film and has not on some subliminal level not been influenced by it. Everything about this film is great; the acting, the grimy Newcastle locations, the music score. This may be Michael Caine's greatest performance. You find yourself sympathetic to his gangster's quest to ferret out his brother's killer yet are repulsed at his methods in exacting revenge. Everybody I have recommended this film to has loved it (at least those who could stomach the violence) but admitted to me that they had never heard of it. On the DVD commentary track director Mike Hodges states that the U.S. distributor MGM didn't know how to market this highly original film so they double-billed it with "Dirty Dingus Magee".
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