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"Do you want to go to the toilet, Albert?"
- Jeff Boston
Everyone in this film is already there. "Get Carter" is an intelligent, violent vengeance film full of degenerates. It builds slowly and the second half takes off. Gritty and realistic. The settings and cinematography are first rate and the scene of Carter watching a film halfway through this film is heart wrenching and is the "smoking gun" that really gets his gun smoking. This film was a big hit in England, like "Dirty Harry" was here, and both are iconic. Both also came out in 1971, a year where about all of the top 10 grossing films in the US include gratuitous sex and nudity or brutal violence. Caine's classic has both of the then relatively new audience titillaters. A great sign above the Newcastle bed is the big question the movie asks (actually more of a statement): "What would Jesus say?"
the joy of violence.
depending on your point of view.. the mentality of the lead character.. might have help to create so many characters and stories ..glamourizing violence. what the character in this case seems to be ..is interesting. the script and lead actor make that possible. the country.. the time.. all the ingredients of casting and camera work with music ..and so many people behind the scenes.. made this work anything special. it can never be said enough how important team effort is in making filmed stories. this is not one of my favorite movies.. but I would never deny the impact of it. the ending does have a strange ..ironic peace to it. not by act of peace. more..the last thought of ..free..no more weight..able to ease off. some characters get to nirvana by meditation.. that can last for years. others..more primitive means..and the time to enjoy..depends on ..the speed of the bullet.
- 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.