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Get Carter (1971) Movie Information

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Michael Caine
Ian Hendry
Britt Ekland
John Osborne
Tony Beckley
George Sewell





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Jack Carter is a London gangster and when his brother dies under mysterious circumstances he decides to investigate and get the real truth. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung 03/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ultimately, though I appreciate the style behind "Get Carter," I find it empty and a pessimistic view of an anti-hero's journey. Michael Caine plays his brutal Jack Carter with commitment and resolve and the film bluntly unfolds its plot with surehanded brevity. The result is a tale that is nihilistic at best. As Carter's character remains mostly resolute and emotionless throughout his vengeful mission, so the film's plot and themes remain emotionless. What results is a visually striking thriller, but one that doesn't leave the viewer with anything thematically beneficial.

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robinch 04/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Probably the greatest British gangster film of all time. If low life is your thing, this film has the lot.

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Ichabod Crane 01/13/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A dark and brooding revenge thriller that shows the criminal underbelly of England. A dark film with a very effective story, with a great performance by Michael Caine who excels brilliantly in the role of Jack Carter. The revenge is not pretty, but fascinating in its brutality. The film never takes any easy steps in finding and developing the plot, or with Carter who is likable in a way due to Caine but never does it chicken out with the brutality of the character who most certainly is a thug. Overall the film is incredibly strong and leaves a memorable impressive.

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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)

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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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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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