Get Carter (1971)
Size/Type: UK Front of House - Lobby Card / Single Sided / (10" x 8") /
Country of Origin: UK
Condition: Very Fine plus; Unfolded, flat as issued
Director: Mike Hodges
Actor/Actress: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne, Tony Beckley, Carl Howard, Denea Wilde, Kevin Brennan, Terence Rigby
Comments: Jack Carter, the reserved London gangster, travels north to Newcastle, his home town, to find the cause of his brother's death. He's warned by his bosses not to go, but refuses to obey them. We, and he, discover the reasons for the warning, which are intertwined with the details of his brother's fate, and watch Carter's quest for revenge reach its logical conclusion. The underworld life sets a kitschy vision of glamour - music-box decanter sets, well-tailored suits, and garishly decorated villas - against the grotty reality of arcade slot machines, pornographic 8mm films, and the claustrophobic grubbiness of Newcastle's industrial tenements. Carter, who prides himself on a style of detached shrewdness, navigates both worlds, until he discovers that they're intertwined, sickeningly. The corruption which provides him his living has tainted his own family. I think the centre of the film is the brilliant moment when Carter sits in bed in the flickering light of a projector, discovering the truth about his world. He weeps, silently, knowing what he must do. But vengeance is all he knows, and it consumes him. There's no heroism, no loyalty, no glamour. We fear Carter's emptiness, even though we feel a kind of sorrowful revulsion when we see the reality of his world, and his role in it. And we realise we've seen a perfect film of its kind - exceptionally skillful acting, cinematography and editing, bringing to life a taut script. We'll never fall for the false romanticism of crime again.