Get Carter

Get Carter

DVD - 2000
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A small-time gangster journeys to Newcastle to investigate and avenge his brother's killing. Once there he finds himself drawn into the local underworld where he encounters the full spectrum of violence and corruption.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2000.
Edition: Special edition, widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780790750712
0790750716
Branch Call Number: GET
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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jimg2000
Jul 21, 2017

The "Details" described Carter as a "small time" gangster? Within the first few minutes, Carter came across as one feared London mob enforcer/killer whose reputation preceded him, including the crime bosses in Newcastle, his home town. Released back in the days in 1971, before Hollywood's epic gangster movie "The Godfather 1972." Require concentration to digest what's happening on the screen with a complex plot that covered a lot of grounds: Carter's own dysfunctional family, organized crime members, victims, predators, a murder cover-up, assassins, mob rules, backhanders and variety of vice activities. A real treat for fans of films on gangsters, hit-man, vengeance and loners on a rampage.

Notes: Hollywood remake starring Sylvester Stallone in 2000; The final desolate film location is the Blackhall Colliery which has been transformed since: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051481/Get-Carters-polluted-Black-Beaches-Durham-win-award-outstanding-beauty.html

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TheSandoz
Feb 12, 2017

Enjoyable flic from the 70's starring Michael Caine- this is a good movie but a little overrated in my books.

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Nursebob
Feb 12, 2017

Awarded an “X” rating from the BBFC upon its initial release thanks to ample amounts of female nudity and some bloodletting, Mike Hodges’ screen adaptation of the Ted Lewis novel seems relatively mild by today’s standards. Despite being on several “must see” lists including the BFI’s list of Greatest British Films and Steven Schneider’s “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” there is nothing much of note here aside from Caine’s intense performance, some 70’s kitsch, and a few darkly poetic metaphors as when a hired assassin hovers like the angel of death or an aerial coal scuttle crosses a stygian shoreline bearing one of Carter’s victims. An odd and wholly gratuitous episode of phone sex between Carter and his boss’ moll (Britt Ekland) is hopelessly out of place but fun to watch just the same. All in all a dark and entertaining tale of revenge couched in a gangster motif which certainly stands tall alongside its contemporaries without ever rising above them.

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Reading_Right
Nov 05, 2015

Didn't really like the movie per se, but the art of it (i.e. camera shots, lighting, camera angles, innovative production design, etc.) are quite good.

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Onewhoissaved
Sep 28, 2015

38 Year old Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a feared strong thug that even his employers have to respect. But Carter doesn't give a rip about anything or anyone except for finding out what and who killed his brother. Nothing stops Carter as he hunts down and kills everyone he thinks is involved. I doubt if he knew his own death would be on the "connected" list that this would deter him an iota. Caine is terrific. Americans movie goers might have liked this British actor more than any other Limey in history. Author Ted Lewis sadly passed away at the young age of 42. I've read some of Lewis's books and they are great crime reads. Check them out for yourself.

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voisjoe1_0
May 10, 2015

A relatively young Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a London mob hitman who travels to Newcastle to find out how his brother was somewhat mysteriously killed. Carter is a cold, calculating, meticulous killer and the audience soon identifies with his character as all of the opposition, while also cunning, cold, and mysterious, just seem to be a cut below Carter. Early in the film, we see Carter on a train reading Farewell, My Lovely, a Philip Marlowe hard-boiled detective novel by Raymond Chandler. Is this a clue that this will be a hard-boiled novel about a mob hitman? Yeah, this is just as convoluted as a Chandler novel, where the atmosphere and character portrayals are as important or more important than the audience’s exact understanding of the plot. I find it amazing that this was Mike Hodges debut feature film!

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Bleak and nihilistic, with heavy doses of misanthropy, misogyny and disgust. No wonder the Brits love it so much. For the rest of us, it's neither over-the-top enough (i.e., "Reservoir Dogs"), nor subtle enough (i.e., "Chinatown") to really register. And it's awfully hard to keep track of "Who's doing what to whom, and why?"

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cjenkins523
Jul 25, 2014

After I initially watched it, my assessment could be summed up, "Good, not great." Upon my second viewing, however, the wonderful location shooting, realistic-looking characters, foreshadowing, and (of course) the ending popped much more effectively. This is much more than a simple '70s noir flick, but one has to have the eyes to see it.

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stuvw27
Jan 04, 2012

Good story, fine acting, excellent camera work, a very authentic (though particularly loathsome) slice of life in the The North 1970 plus locations, locations, LOCATIONS! Climaxed by probably the most stunning final sequence in the movies.

After the movie, you can visit Michael Brady’s web site [http://bit.ly/w7KEC3] for a tour of the locations in the early 21st century. Things are changing up there so fast someone should do an update.

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callieperry
Oct 14, 2010

SO slow! I couldn't get through the first twenty minutes.

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jimg2000
Jul 21, 2017

Some quotes in IMDb but not these below, I think:

They won't take kindly to someone from London poking his nose in.
-Too bad.
Remember, they're killers just like you. The police seem satisfied.
-Since when was that good enough?
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You're making good. making a living.
- Yeah.
Good prospects for advancement, is there, huh? A pension? Do you know, I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like. They're still the same. Piss-holes in the snow.
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Clever sod, aren't you?
- Only comparatively.
===
He was drunk. Drunk as a lord.
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I like New York in June, how about you?
I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?
I love a fireside when a storm is due. How about you?
I like potato chips, moonlight motor trips, how about you?
I'm mad about good books, can't get my fill
And Frank Sinatra's looks give me a thrill
Holding hands in the movie show, when all the lights are low
May not be new, but I like it, how about you?

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jimg2000
Jul 21, 2017

So where are we going, princess?
- To the Demon King's castle, of course.
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Now listen, the only reason I came back to this crap house... was to find out who did it, and I'm not leaving till I do. Do you understand?
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Machines. The arcades. It's a nice business. It runs itself. People put money in, I take it out. There's not much rough stuff. It's a business that makes me very happy.
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Aren't you scared Kinnear will find out?
- He won't. He thinks I'm simple.
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And you didn't know her last name?
- No.
Well, it's Carter. That's my name.
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Carter, your car needs a wash!
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Slags likes your Sandra can get away with it. Can't they? The Doreens of this
world can't. Can they?
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It's Carter. Now listen carefully, you hairy-faced git.
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You couldn't win an egg-and-spoon race, xxyyzz.

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jimg2000
Jul 21, 2017

An understanding Brother-In-Law:

How were things between you and Frank?
- He was all right to me.
Nothing more? Just another fellow?
- Nicer than most.
But he was just another fellow, though?
- Yeah.
Even though he was nicer than most?
- Yes. I can't help the way I am.
Why did you see him so regular?
- Heh. Once a week?
I'd call that regular.
- He was gentlemanly. I like that.
Once a week, you like a gentleman, do you?
- Look, I'm me, right? We are what we are, like it or not.

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jimg2000
Jul 21, 2017

I don't like it when some tough nut... pushes his way in and out of my house in the middle of the night. Bloody well tell me who sent you.
-You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me it's a full-time job.
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Sorry about this, Jack, but, you know, orders are orders.
-And what orders would they be, Con?
Well, Gerald phoned us up in the middle of the night. Said he heard you'd been
making a nuisance of yourself. We've gotta take you back to London. Said we'd be doing him a big favor. Oh, we know why you're all steamed up, and so do Gerald and Sid. But they, uh, have to be diplomatic.
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Now, Jack, be reasonable. You know we're gonna take you back sooner or later.
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Where do you think you're going?
-Strawberry Fair.

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jimg2000
Jul 21, 2017

A good old caring gentle uncle:
You all right now?
- Yeah.
Are you coming to South America?
- No.
Where are you gonna live, then?
- At my friend's house.
Oh, where's that?
- Wilton Estate.
Nice family, are they? Churchgoers and all that? Good, good. Well, I'm off tomorrow, so I don't suppose I'll be seeing you again. Here. (pulled out a wack of notes) Go and get your hair done.
- Oh, thanks.
Be good. And don't trust boys.

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