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Movie : Get Carter

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Jack Carter heads north from London to his hometown to see what happened to his brother Frank. Specifically who killed him. Carter is back and he hates it.  He’s a professional killer looking for his brother’s killers. He’s underworld connected and is dealing with his underworld peers. He’s making everyone nervous and edgy.  He runs into old acquaintances and makes no secret why he’s back. Carter is like a shark who smells blood.  He has the scent and won’t let go. We follow him on his relentless search through the violent crime world. It doesn’t take long before he wears out his welcome and at the same time get closer to what he’s looking for.

All CB can say is this is a fantastic film.  No frills and no bullshit. Sparse dialogue sprinkled with humor. Great locations. Perfect soundtrack. Based on a story by Ted Lewis.  Mike Hodges directs a winner. His cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky capture the gritty side of things and really sets the sense of place.

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Solid performances from everyone involved but Michael Caine steals the show as Jack Carter. Another favorite CB film character. Caine takes what could have been a cliche role and puts all sorts of color into it. Yeah he’s a cold self serving, dogged killer but with a sense of humor and and sense of loyalty. He’s not one note. Great work by Mike.

Get Carter is CB’s style of film. Grit and more grit. There’s no dressing this film up. Raw and real. A slice of the British crime world in all it’s 1970’s glory.  CB loves the styles back then. Lots of cigarettes, pints, booze, birds, groovy music and lots of  Carter taking it all in. Take a time capsule back to England in 71 and enjoy the tour with your tour guide Jack Carter.

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CB did a take on a great American film a while back ‘Friends O Eddie Coyle’. Well this is his british cousin. Jack Carter. This film is a gem. Have a look at the trailer and see if it grabs you.

 

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25 comments on “Movie : Get Carter

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    May 13, 2018

    Caine is one of my all time fave actors. He can play any kind of role. So many terrific performances. Sleuth, Alfie, Hannah And Her Sisters. The guy is something else.

    Treat your mom right today, CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 13, 2018

      Yes I could add the your list. He is fantastic in this one. Great flick on top of it.

      I will and thank you Neil! When I hear Monk now I have a thought for your Ma.

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  2. J.
    May 13, 2018

    I’m with you all the way here. One of the absolute best. I think Caine’s performance is incredible, too… set the bar.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 14, 2018

      Just a great gangster movie without all the bullshit cliches. Caine is a mean machine. When did films get away from using real authentic people? They got it right on this one in CB’s opinion

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      • J.
        May 14, 2018

        I think you can still find good grit in some movies, but it’s rare that you recognise any of the faces… but actors like Caine are rare, eh? Certainly not many actors of that quality around nowadays…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 14, 2018

        Oh yeah it’s there just not in the mainstream. This is my idea behind changing my takes up and featuring new films. Also a way for me to find new flicks to watch (recommendations from guys like J).
        Same for actors, they’re out there. Your side of the water has so many good actors doing smaller independent films. Check out Caine in Blood and Wine. He’s good.

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      • J.
        May 15, 2018

        Duly noted. I think Caine is one of the few actors who can still deliver. I like McShane, too. They still deliver the goods and somehow avoided becoming caricatures.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 15, 2018

        You’re right about McShane. So many good ones come from your side. Connery did some great work, The Hill, The Offence are earlier ones. Man Who Would Be King with Caine. Don’t forget Benny Hill ….

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      • J.
        May 15, 2018

        Connery’s early stuff is really quite something (Man Who Would Be King is a great one, huh? I swear, whenever I visit my parental units my old man is watching that… it was a favourite in our house (still is, it would appear!!).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 15, 2018

        When John Huston made a good one it does that. Repeated watchings. Sean’s character is great and he does such a good jog. He really is a good actor. (Let you in on a future take I’ve just done. I won’t tell you what it is but it might be ‘The Anderson Tapes”)
        My Gal has the hots for Connery. As long as she keeps it at a distance I’m ok with it.

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      • J.
        May 15, 2018

        Constant repeated watchings, in my old man’s case (I join in if I get the opportunity… and I kinda fancy watching it now).

        I don’t know the movie that you will not tell me about but it might be The Anderson Tapes. I’ll look forward to your take, though.

        And I can’t blame a gal for having the hots for Connery. He just has that thing about him, eh?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 15, 2018

        I’m leaning towards another viewing myself. I have a few that get “repeated watchings”.
        Here’s a take I did a while back.

        https://cincinnatibabyhead.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/movie-scene-the-offence-johnnys-breakdown/

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      • J.
        May 15, 2018

        I needed that. Connery is great, eh? Enjoyed your take.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 15, 2018

        Thanks. Underrated as an actor as far as CB feels.

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  3. Jim S.
    May 13, 2018

    I’ve heard of this one but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it. Both this and the other one are rentable. Sounds good.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 14, 2018

      Real good Doc. Mycocaine is stone cold and scary as shit. Nothing pushed, just is the character. Believable. He did a similar job on a film called ‘Blood and Wine’ with Nicholson. He’s a big scary dude when he wants to do it.

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  4. Thom Hickey
    May 19, 2018

    Ace CB. A huge cult film in the UK .. gets more interesting as the years go by. Thom

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  5. 1537
    May 20, 2018

    Loved this, great choice. ‘You’re a big man but you’re out of shape …’ love that line.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 20, 2018

      I’m laughing thinking about that line but it’s Caine’s delivery that makes it. He was like that the whole film. Perfect. This film really is a good one.

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      • 1537
        May 20, 2018

        I’ve been on a trip to the multi-storey car park they use in the film too. I had an hour to kill in Newcastle and that was my choice of activity.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 20, 2018

        I would have went to the slag pile but that’s the kind of guy I am.

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      • 1537
        May 20, 2018

        Haha! I’m pretty sure they’ve pulled the car park down now. Cretins!

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  6. Tony
    June 21, 2018

    It’s a well revered classic for sure, haven’t seen it for a while though perhaps as a result of modern-day Caine being a bit of a plum. Besides; everyone knows the remake with Stallone was better 😂

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 21, 2018

      Michael does have some good ones in his bag. This one probably near the top. He also has a few that he would probably admit to not being on the same level as ‘Carter’. It really is a good film that stands the test of time. That crime stuff you and I like.
      Yeah old Sly and CB haven’t spent a lot of time together. I don’t think I’ll be watching the remake. I’ll wait for your review. I’d like that.

      (I was planning on heading over to your takes this week. Nice to hear from you)

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