Get Carter

UK 1971. Dir Mike Hodges.

With Michael Caine, Britt Ekland. 112 min.

Bleak, violent and stylish. The iconic criminal look exhibited in Get Carter is burnt into the eyes of many. You may as well throw the gangster rulebook out of the window; Jack Carter (Michael Caine) wreaks havoc across Newcastle with little care to the consequences. As cold as the Tyne & Wear backdrop, Carter wealds his thuggish craving for revenge to murderous proportions. Armed with a double-barreled shotgun and a killer wardrobe designed by Vangie Harrison, Michael Caine gives a career defining performance. An old fashioned hoodlum in a grimy and transitional landscape is the quintessence of cool in this refreshingly rendered gangster film by Mike Hodges.