- Actors: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne (II), Tony Beckley
- Directors: Mike Hodges
- Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Romanian, Arabic, Bulgarian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2006
- Run Time: 107 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004WCMB
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Get Carter  [DVD]
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Acclaimed 1970s British thriller starring Michael Caine as a hardened gangster returning to his hometown in search of the truth behind his brother's death. Though originally from Newcastle, Jack Carter (Caine) has made his name in London as a tough enforcer for the crime boss, Gerald Fletcher (Terence Rigby). On hearing of his brother's death, Carter returns to Newcastle for his funeral and to investigate his suspicion that his sibling may have been murdered. After visiting local gangster Cyril Kinnear (John Osborne), Carter is threatened and advised to head back to London. Jack refuses and descends further and further into the city's underworld as his investigations begin to pay off. His search is merciless, unrelenting and fraught with danger and it becomes clear that he will stop at nothing to exact his own brand of justice.
Released in 1971 (the same year Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange hit the screens, which must make 71 the annus mirabilis for violent films set in Britain), Get Carter opens with gangsters leering over pornographic slides and ends on a filthy, slag-stained beach in Newcastle. It's a low-down and dirty movie from beginning to end, and possibly the grittiest and best film of its kind to come out of Britain. The granddaddy of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and all its ilk, director Mike Hodges' Get Carter offers revenge tragedy swinging-60s style, all nicotine-stained cinematography, shabby locations and the kind of killer catchphrases Vinnie Jones would die for ("You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself", says Michael Caine's deadpan anti-hero Carter before inflicting a few choice punches on Brian Mosley, aka Coronation Street's Alf Roberts, to name but one example from Hodges and Ted Lewis' exquisitely laconic script).
Presenting the dark horse in his family of loveable Cockney geezer roles (Alfie, The Italian Job), Michael Caine plays the title role of Jack Carter, a man so hard he barely registers a flicker of regret watching a woman he's just had sex with plunge to her death. After taking the train up to Newcastle as the credits roll and Roy Budd's chunky bass-heavy theme tune plays, Carter returns to his hometown to attend his brother's funeral and investigate the circumstances of his death. Not that he's all that sentimental about family: he shaves nonchalantly over the open coffin, and shows affection to his niece Doreen (Petra Markham) by cramming a few notes in her hand and telling her to "be good and don't trust boys". Gradually, Carter unravels the skein of drugs, pornography and corruption tangled around his brother's death, which brings him up against supremely oleaginous kingpin Kinnear (played by the author of Look Back in Anger John Osborne) among others. A remake starring Sylvester Stallone is in the offing, but quite frankly it will be a 30-degree (Celsius) Christmas night in Newcastle before Hollywood could ever make something as assured, raw and immortal as this. --Leslie FelperinSee all Product Description
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its poorly dubbed and ruins the whole opening scene.
even the commentary by director mike hodges-ported over from the dvd release has him saying he doesnt like the dubbed version..
There were two versions of the film, due to the thick accents some scenes were overdubbed for the US audience - fair enough?
Unfortunately the lazy people at Warners has decided to release the dubbed version in the UK too.
To compound the issue this dubbed version is derided in the commentary on the extras!
Having waited so long for this release the outcome is spoils the film for me.
Hopefully Warners will reconsider this release and at the very least give the option of selecting the original soundtrack.
The movie opens as Carter, enforcer/hit man for a London mob, who's carrying on with his boss's girlfriend (Ekland) learns his brother has died back home in Newcastle in circumstances Carter deems suspicious. Against the wishes of his boss (Rigby), he decides to head north to investigate. He travels upcountry on a very smoky train reading the American hard-boiled author Raymond Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely" as he goes. Once home, nothing and no one will dissuade him from finding the truth -- fast and furiously -- and then taking a very bloody revenge on all concerned.
"Get Carter" packs a lot in its less than two-hour length. It preserves, more accurately than any other movie known to me, a snapshot of the sour swinging England of the 70's. And it makes inspired use of the aging industrial city Newcastle. The rusted chimneys against the sky, the graffiti, the miles of streets lined with traditional 2-up, 2-down cottages, the tear-down-candidate pubs and betting parlors with primitive toilets out back.Read more ›
Everything is grim in Jack Carter's home town, the swinging sixties have passed it by...Carter returns from London to avenge the death of his brother and sweeps through town like a one-man killing machine; anyone who gets in his way is ruthlessly despatched.
The film abounds with memorable, iconic scenes: the train journey to Newcastle (featuring a class 55 Deltic); dumping the future Alf Roberts off a multi-storey onto a passing car; the look on Carter's face as he sees his brother's child (or is it his own?) in a sick porn movie; the viscious demise of Albert Swift (Glyn Edwards) and the sudden, brutal ending. Caine, 37 at the time, has never been better.
Everything about "Get Carter" is top notch, especially the cast (John Osbourne, Ian Hendry, Alun Armstrong), the location work, and a fantastically cool theme tune. Like all great movies it never appears dated, and i never tire of watching it.
The plot features nasty villains, principal among whom is 'the hero,' surly London gangland racketeer and troubleshooter Jack Carter (Michael Caine at his most impassively impressive, in perhaps his best-ever rôle) who is only slightly more self-righteous than the Geordie 'rural Mafia' he out-villains whilst unravelling the complex web of cover-ups, bribes, double-crosses and sudden violence to determine which villain(s) in particular he will wreak 'orrific vengeance upon for A] them wot done 'is bruvver in, and also later on B] for involving his niece in a blue-film racket. On the train 'oop north' Carter reads Raymond Chandler's FAREWELL, MY LOVELY, but he lacks entirely any of Philip Marlowe's scruples and morals. Carter screws the bird but doesn't bat an eyelid when the car - with her in the boot - is pushed into the river, nor does he flinch a facial muscle when discovering that his sole ally (Alun Armstrong) has been brutally given the once-over.Read more ›
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For my money one of his best gagster films love the locations love the plotPublished 1 day ago by Jeoffery G.
This is THE best British gangster movie. This is a genius performance by Michael Caine. It's a very still, quiet performance, with amazing gravitas. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Ryan Cross
Michael Caines films are worth seeing. This DVD was very good. Very good purchase price. Well packaged and quickly delivered.Published 26 days ago by inky
Eminently watchable film, the status of which as some kind of great is, as usual, a little overdone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mario