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Jack Carter (Michael Caine) is a cold-blooded London gangster, and not the sort of man you want to cross. When Carter's brother winds up dead, he travels to Newcastle to arrange the funeral. Convinced that his brother was murdered, Carter questions local thug Eric (Ian Hendry), who eventually leads him to kingpin Kinnear. From there, Carter carves a bloody trail of revenge through the seedy underbelly of Newcastle in search of his brother's killer.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Jack Carter
Ian Hendry
Eric Paice
Britt Ekland
Anna Fletcher
John Osborne
Cyril Kinnear
Tony Beckley
Peter the Dutchman
George Sewell
Con McCarty
Geraldine Moffat
Glenda
Petra Markham
Doreen Carter
Ted Lewis
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Roy Budd
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Wolfgang Suschitzky
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John Trumper
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Assheton Gorton
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Roger King
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Critic Reviews for Get Carter

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (5)

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

    April 20, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Refusing ever to dwell, it cuts sharp rather than deep, but sharp enough.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A tense, hard-boiled crime movie that uses Michael Caine, for once, as the sure possessor of all his unconscious authority.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Outdated '70s crime thriller has blood and sex.

    July 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 11, 2016
    "Get Carter" is a 1971 British gangster film starring Michael Caine and directed by Mike Hodges. Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a London gangster returning home to Newcastle to find out who killed his brother. He is unremorseful, violent and stubborn, yet, you feel sympathy for him due to the death of his brother. The film lags for long periods of time and it's hard to connect with Carter. Personally, it's extremely undeserving of being among the greatest British films of all time.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2016
    A been-there-done-that hit man from swinging London returns to his grimy industrial hometown roots in Newcastle to bury his brother. All hell's about to break loose baby. Michael Caine looks and acts the part beautifully, and the insider's view of non-touristy England is worth the trip alone. There might be some indiscriminate killing in this, and some gunplay.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer
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