Get Carter (1971)




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Get Carter stars Michael Caine as Jack Carter, a powerful British gangster out for blood. His brother has been murdered in Newcastle, prompting Carter to declare a one-man war on other racketeers. Carter must also get his niece out of the life she is leading as an actress in pornographic films. Now that he is a loose cannon, Carter must be eliminated. Get Carter is typical action fare of the 1970s in that there are virtually no "good guys" -- in fact, the assassin is probably the most likable … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Hodges
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On DVD: Oct 2, 2001


as Jack Carter

as Eric Paice

as Cyril Kinnear

as Con McCarty

as Margaret

as Edna the Landlady

as Doreen Carter

as Keith Lacey

as Cliff Brumby

as Albert Swift

as Gerald Fletcher

as Sid Fletcher

as Eddie Appleyard

as Mrs. Brumby

as Architect

as Architect

as Old Woman

as Pub Singer

as Girl in cafe

as Woman in Post Office

as Woman in Post Office

as Scrap Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Get Carter

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4)

It wallows in its ceaseless bloodbath and emerges like its protagonist -- sleazy and second-rate.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Mike Hodges' top-notch adaptation of a Ted Lewis novel not only maintains interest but conveys with rare artistry, restraint and clarity the many brutal, sordid and gamy plot turns.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Refusing ever to dwell, it cuts sharp rather than deep, but sharp enough.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Caine has been mucking about in a series of potboilers, undermining his acting reputation along the way, but Get Carter shows him as sure, fine and vicious -- a good hero for an action movie.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[VIDEO ESSAY] ...represents the apex of the British Gangster genre for the its realistically gritty tone, fetishized eroticism, and dynamic attention to details...

Full Review… | April 22, 2012

While Caine would like to think of himself as one of Chandler's or Hammett's lonely avengers, he is really nothing more than a vicious brute with a warped sense of honor, trapped between the past and the present.

Full Review… | April 20, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Get Carter

Get Carter fully lives up to it's reputation. Michael Caine is just deadly in the role of gangster on revenge trail. Bravo.

Ugly, ugly tale of British criminal class, violence, family and monstrous male sexual guilt. Superb naturalistic cinematography and use of locations.

Quibble - on first viewing I felt the director was holding back too much information.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

This is a classic action thriller that features an engaging storyline and a blistering performance by iconic actor Michael Caine. Get Carter is an engaging picture, one that delivers some genuinely tense moments, and relies on terrific performances from its cast to elevate the story. The direction by Mike Hodges is terrific, and the film is brilliantly shot, and it keeps you engaged from start to finish. I've always enjoyed Michael Caine's work, and here is he is simply terrific in the role of Jack Carter, and in my opinion, it is one of his best roles. The film's script is solid, and the film has a steady buildup, which keeps you involved. There are moments are genuine tension on-screen, and the film has good action as well. Action films of the 70's were some of the finest because they didn't rely on fancy stunts, computer imagery and poorly staged action scenes. These films were far better because of it and in many ways more exciting because, the story and acting were far better than what most action films of today possess. Get Carter successfully mixes action, thrills, tension into one memorable picture that is engaging from start to finish. With Get Carter, you get one of the finest films of the genre, and it makes you realize that terrific action films like this are better because filmmakers and actors put a lot more effort into making them exciting. Get Carter joins other great films like The Mechanic, Dirty Harry and Death Wish as one of the most memorable of the 1970's actioners. If you enjoy classic action films, you're sure to enjoy this one. At times, it does leave room for improvement, but nonetheless, the performances are what keeps you involved, and the direction and well executed action scenes more than make up for its few imperfections.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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