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11/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Get Carter (1971) review

One of the popular British flicks of the 70's. Gangster Jack Carter (Michael Caine) tries to avenge his brothers supposed accidental death. Soundtrack, direction and pace was just grueling in the perception of this reviewer. Some shots were fillers, which eventually slows the story while the love scenes a bit obscene/overlong. Despite some stylish direction and violence, some better editing could have been utilized. The action brutal for its era and Caine was very convincing. Plot was fresh and the conclusion was fitting for such a figure. Soundtrack was fair and support average in their portrayals. Overall, an influential brutal gritty action flick that is emulated by current directors with themes of vengeance, gangsters and violence.

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06/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Get Carter" by Yojimbo

A London gangster returns to his home town for the funeral of his brother and declares war on the local gangsters when he learns the circumstances of his death. Get Carter is a seminal British thriller and one of Michael Caine's most iconic roles. Although set very much in the height of the swinging sixties, it concentrates more on the seedy underbelly of the times rather than the hedonistic chic of the likes of The Italian Job. It's unrelentingly bleak and nihilistic tone set it apart from most thrillers of the time, taking a lot of cues from John Boorman's Point Blank and sharing the hard-boiled tone of its American contemporary Dirty Harry. Caine is at his most charismatic and is always supremely watchable despite playing a fundamentally morally bankrupt and unsympathetic character; he...

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05/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A brutal portrayal of moral depravity

Get Carter is a brutal and nasty film. But, it works. It's depiction of violence in the British underworld was shocking at the time, but is hardly shocking today. It is an unromantic depiction of gangsterism that shows just how morally depraved these sort of people are.

Jack Carter (Michael Caine) is a London-based but Newcastle-born gangster who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother Frank. While Frank's death is chalked up as an alcohol fueled car accident, Jack is suspicious. He is convinced that Frank's death was not a suicide and investigates by himself, leading to a confrontation with local crime figures.

Get Carter features a great performance from Michael Caine. Caine effectively uses his working class background to tap into his character, using his ...

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