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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Mike Hodges

Oct 2, 2001


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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (3) | DVD (10)

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

April 20, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Refusing ever to dwell, it cuts sharp rather than deep, but sharp enough.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[VIDEO ESSAY] ...represents the apex of the British Gangster genre for the its realistically gritty tone, fetishized eroticism, and dynamic attention to details...

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

April 20, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
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Ranks up there with the likes of The Long Good Friday as one of the finest home grown films of the past 30 years.

April 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Mike Hodges is a steely Diebenkorn, dry and dangerous

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Its finest triumph may be that it's still more immediate and brutal than almost any of the films that it inspired.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A classic British crime-thriller that's as mean and uncompromising as its vengeful main character. Caine is in top form.

February 16, 2006

Cínico, cruel e surpreendentemente charmoso, Carter é um dos melhores personagens da longa carreira de Caine - e as locações, os diálogos e a montagem fazem jus a ele.

November 18, 2004
Cinema em Cena

THIS is the good version of the crime saga.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Regarded as one of the best British films of all times.

February 15, 2002 Full Review

Caine's performance as Jack Carter has gone on to become the epitome of cool, with his measured and ruthless portrayal of a man consumed with revenge.

June 12, 2001 Full Review Source:

Nasty, violent and sexy all at once.

June 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

...a taut little noir thriller that should not be missed. It remains one of Caine's best, if least seen, roles.

April 5, 2001
Movie Metropolis

This 1970s visionary film was a harbinger of the cold materialist times that were to soon come to both Great Britain and America.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Filled with low-budget action and low-budget eroticism, Michael Caine unfortunately does not make much of an impression as a rough-and-tumble gangster.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

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.
April 17, 2008

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.
March 30, 2014
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January 24, 2014
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A London gangster returns to his home town for the funeral of his brother and declares war on the local gangsters when he learns the circumstances of his death. Get Carter is a seminal British thriller and one of Michael Caine's most iconic roles. Although set very much in the height of the swinging sixties, it concentrates more on the seedy underbelly of the times rather than the hedonistic chic of the likes of The Italian Job. It's unrelentingly bleak and nihilistic tone set it apart from most thrillers of the time, taking a lot of cues from John Boorman's Point Blank and sharing the hard-boiled tone of its American contemporary Dirty Harry. Caine is at his most charismatic and is always supremely watchable despite playing a fundamentally morally bankrupt and unsympathetic character; he is literally the "lesser of two evils". Mike Hodges' direction is rather lacking in flair and sophistication but this somehow adds to the gritty, ugly tone and it contains many highly memorable scenes. It can seem more like a collection of highlights than a coherent narrative and it has dated in a way that Dirty Harry has somehow escaped but for fans of British Crime thrillers and Michael Caine in particular, it's an essential watch.
September 4, 2013
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    1. Jack Carter: Wer'e gonna take this to the next level...
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