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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.
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.
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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