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Get Carter (1971)




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Movie Info

This action film stars Michael Caine as a powerful British gangster out for blood. His brother has been murdered in Newcastle, prompting Caine to declare a war on other racketeers. Now that he is a loose cannon, Caine must be eliminated, a job that falls to the his brother's assassin.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Hodges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001


Michael Caine
as Jack Carter
Ian Hendry
as Eric Paice
John Osborne
as Cyril Kinnear
George Sewell
as Con McCarty
Dorothy White
as Margaret
Rosemarie Dunham
as Edna the Landlady
Petra Markham
as Doreen Carter
Alun Armstrong
as Keith Lacey
Bryan Mosley
as Cliff Brumby
Glynn Edwards
as Albert Swift
Terence Rigby
as Gerald Fletcher
John Bindon
as Sid Fletcher
Godfrey Quigley
as Eddie Appleyard
Liz McKenzie
as Mrs. Brumby
John Hussey
as Architect
Ben Aris
as Architect
Kitty Attwood
as Old Woman
Denea Wilde
as Pub Singer
Geraldine Sherman
as Girl in cafe
Yvonne Michaels
as Woman in Post Office
Joy Merlyn
as Woman in Post Office
Alan Hockey
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
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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. Williams

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

Get Carter Quotes

Jack Carter: Wer'e gonna take this to the next level...
– Submitted by Christopher M (3 years ago)

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