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Get CarterReleased in 1971, Mike Hodges' Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a vicious London hoodlum who tries to smoke out his brother's killer (it's not to...Get CarterMystery and Thriller, DramaPT102MRReleased in 1971, Mike Hodges' Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a vicious London hoodlum who tries to smoke out his brother's killer (it's not to...2000-10-06
Michael Caine, Get Carter

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Get Carter

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Michael Caine, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Gretchen Mol, Miranda Richardson, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone; Director: Stephen Kay; Author: David McKenna; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: R

Released in 1971, Mike Hodges’ Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a vicious London hoodlum who tries to smoke out his brother’s killer (it’s not to be confused with the torpid new Sylvester Stallone remake), opened seven months before ”The French Connection,” and though Hodges’ film never achieved that level of fame, its shockingly ruthless antihero and location shot existential realism remain every bit as blistering – and revolutionary.

Caine, with his gimlet eyed ironic elegance, has never had a role he dug into with greater relish than that of Jack Carter, who returns to his hometown of Newcastle and proceeds to work his way through its squalid criminal maze. ”Get Carter” is one of the only film noirs in which the action appears to be unfolding spontaneously, with no hidden blueprint to shape the characters’ fates. It’s enough to make you wish that Hodges, who had a triumphant comeback this year with ”Croupier,” got more work.