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- kevin sellers
You may feel like taking a bath after watching it (the grime of Newcastle is palpable) and the violence starts at disturbing and takes off from there, but you definitely won't be bored. Absolutely first rate action and pacing from writer/director Mike Hodges who, for whatever reason, never even came close to making another film as good as this first one. Michael Caine is absolutely terrifying as a gangster/avenger. His voice goes dead and there's a sadistic gleam in his eye as he knocks off, in as brutal a manner as possible, those who killed his brother and morally corrupted his niece. Amazing that such a skilled actor in the romantic/comic vein of "Alfie" can make your blood run cold like this. Bogie also had this dual ability to play charmers, as well as brutal killers. And when you compare an actor to Bogie you're putting him in the pantheon, which is where Caine belongs, in my opinion. Supporting cast aint bad, either. Playwright John Osborne is the essence of quiet, eloquent sleaze as the crime boss, Kinnear. Ian Hendry, who was an alcoholic wreck at the time of this film, puts it to good use in his portrayal of a piece of human detritus named Eric Paice. Rosemary Dunham is excellent as a sensual, tough landlady and Dorothy White really makes you loathe her character of a cold hearted, amoral porno actress. About the only bad performance is by Britt Eklund, but fortunately she is on the screen for only a short time. Let's give it an A for action.
A vicious, violent revenge story. Caine is effective and the only well-drawn character in the film, as a gangster uncovering the mystery of his brothers death. No moral standing is given for Carter's actions, but the violence isn't condoned and the film's best moments are it's violent scenes. Tense, but too slow and dull at times. I give it a 3.5/5.
- John Dellingham
Get Carter leads the field by a mile in the Brit gangster genre. Nothing since has come close. Caine is in his element and it was a touch of genuine inspiration to cast playwright John Osborne as the odious villain Kinnear. It has all the right ingredients for such a film seeing as it brims with tension, menace, sleaze and ultimately redemption. It's superbly helmed with a finely crafted script (from which some dialogue has now passed into cinema legend) by Mike Hodges, surely one of the UK's most formidable and vastly underrated directors. And it's completed by what is now (as with the film itself) an iconic score by the late and hugely gifted, Roy Budd. A seminal, absolutely must see film.
Better than the remake. That's better, not different. Michael Caine is in a class all by himself. the film has good pacing and great photography.
More murder most foul
Fine English murder mystery; prefigures later films such as The Limey. It is much better than the later re-make.
Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold.
- Frank Harris Horn
London, England is the locale for the original 1971 austere, brutal crime drama based on the novel by Ted Lewis. Two-time Academy Award winner, Michael Caine stars in the title role of a cheerless assassin, who goes to Newcastle to seek revenge against those, who murdered his brother. Caine is perfectly cast as he embodies his amoral character, and the movie's violence still packs a wallop. Don't miss Caine's beautiful co-star Geraldine Moffatt's nude scene as she gets out of bed and heads towards the bathroom. This sexy Brit has a beautiful fanny, you know. The movie's director, Mike Hodges wrote the adapted screenplay from Lewis' novel. Filmed on location in London, England. Co-starring Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry, John Osborne, Tony Beckley, Glynn Edwards, Bryan Mosley, Dorothy White, Terence Rigby, Rosemarie Dunham, Kevin Brennan, Alun Armstrong, Geraldine Sherman & John Bindon. Remade in 2000 with Sylvester Stallone in the title role.