Get Carter (Classic Tuesdays)

Mike Hodges (1971)

Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland Rated 18 Run time 112 mins

A stone-cold, liquid-nitrogen classic – Get Carter, 52 years on, retains it’s status for those of us that remember seeing it for the first time all those years ago. A violent kitchen-sink pulp with the observational brilliance and dour working-class realism of something from Ken Loach. Michael Caine has the role of a life time as the dead-eyed, pill-popping gangland enforcer who returns to his Newcastle hometown to investigate the apparent suicide of his brother. Also starring such “old” favorites as Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, Alun Armstrong and John Osborne !

87 % – Rotten Tomatoes

7.3 / 10 – IMDB

“it is a film that has retained a timelessness far more thanks to its unblinking portrayal of a man taken over by — and thus ultimately lacking — emotion.”

“Arguably the best British gangster movie ever made —indeed, today it is rated by the BFI as 16th out of the top 100 British movies ever made “

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