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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.