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->''"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me it's a full time job. Now behave yourself."''
-->-- '''Jack Carter'''

1971 British gangster film, starring MichaelCaine as the title character, Jack Carter, a prominent LondonGangster who returns to his hometown of Newcastle, England to find out who killed his brother. the work has become a classic in the gangster film genre. It was remade in 1972 (as ''Hit Man'', with Bernie Casey and Creator/PamGrier), and again in 2000 with SylvesterStallone as the title character and Caine in a minor role, but neither version was successful.

The film itself is a deliberate {{Deconstruction}} of the gangster film genre it has become a classic of. Caine himself was determined to avert the feel good or comedy aspects of TheCaper style gangster movie, in favour of a DarkerAndEdgier gritty realism, saying;

->''"One of the reasons I wanted to make that picture was my background. In English movies, gangsters were either stupid or funny. I wanted to show that they’re neither. Gangsters are not stupid, and they’re certainly not very funny."''

Watching ''Film/TheItalianJob1969'' and then ''Get Carter'', which Caine made back-to-back, shows the stark difference in the portrayal of gangsters in each.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AntiHero: Carter is a cold-blooded and remorseless killing machine who would be the villain in most movies, except here he's on a mission of vengeance against other gangsters.
* AffablyEvil: Cyril Kinnear is polite and good-natured when Jack breaks into his house, allowing him to watch Kinnear play poker and be entertained by his girlfriend.
* {{Badass}}: Carter through and through.
* BadassBoast: Carter gives one to Brumby. See the page quote.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Carter is quite dapper. He's from the big city, after all.
* BadassLongcoat
* BerserkButton: When Carter watches the porn flick...though this is fleshed out more in the novel, he's especially mad because Doreen may in fact be his daughter.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Eric and his gang are ruthless sleaze mongers and Carter is a cold-blooded sociopath. Neither could ever be described as morally good.
* BlackComedy: Any time that someone says "See you've still got your sense of humor, Jack..."
* BrainBleach: Carter's reaction when he watches the porn flick with his own niece in it.
* CarCushion: Brumby's death after he is beaten up by Carter.
* CatFight: Carter is amused to see two women attacking each other.
* ChekhovsGun: The double-barreled shotgun that Carter held with him, although he never fires it once. Though at the end, [[spoiler:he beats Eric to death with the stock.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: J, the assassin, turns out [[spoiler:to be Kinnear's hitman. He himself appears earlier on in the opening scene, and later kills Carter himself at the end.]]
* ColdSniper: J, the assassin.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Carter and assassin "J" share a compartment together on the opening train journey.
* CoolTrain: The opening title sequence.
* DeadpanSnarker: Carter finds time to weave some outstanding snark in between brutal murders.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Cliff Brumby and Glenda go to the police in the novel, but are killed in the movie; Carter throws Cliff from a building, while Glenda is in the trunk of a car that gets pushed into the sea]].
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Eric, who was responsible for Frank's death, forces a bottle of whisky down his throat before killing him in a car crash. So Carter, in retaliation, forces Eric to also drink a bottle of whisky before bludgeoning him to death.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Nothing on earth will get in the way of Jack's quest for vengeance.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Cliff Brumby was killed by Jack Carter this way.
* DownerEnding: At the end, [[spoiler:Jack himself gets killed by an assassin. Given what kind of anti-hero he is, however, this is to be expected]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Carter is a murderer. The porn tape is a BerserkButton, possibly because it might be his own daughter who's on the porn tape.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The assassin himself was credited as "J" in the end credits.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Eric Pace is polite to Jack when they first meet on screen, but ([[EnforcedMethodActing for reasons explained in the Trivia Tab]]) he's disguising his hatred quite well.
* ForceFeeding: [[spoiler:What Carter does to Eric at the end.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the horse-race meeting a punter takes one look at Carter, [[OhCrap drops the food from his mouth]] and makes a sharp exit. The man is later revealed to be Albert Swift, informant and 'star' of the porn film Jack's niece is in.
* FullFrontalAssault: Carter fights some hitmen while buck naked.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Carter himself at the end.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Jack is quick to denounce Brumby's daughter as being promiscuous as he kills him and claims that Doreen 'can't get away' with being in the porn film, yet Jack has no qualms in setting himself on his boss' wife and his rival mobster's girlfriend as the other man in ''two'' triangles. It's also not determined if Doreen feels that she was raped as she doesn't show that she's hiding anything from Jack throughout the film, and it's unknown if Jack confronts or consoles her about the film, as he has quite a lot of time to do so in between the gunfight on the boat and killing Margaret.
* LondonGangster: Carter is from Newcastle, but he moved to London to become a gangster. He now sports a Cockney accent.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Frank's death.
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: The assassin.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Carter brandishing a shotgun to clear his rented room of mobsters.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Eric unwittingly murders Kinnear's girlfriend Glenda by backing the car that Carter was driving into the dock while she is still locked in the trunk.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Caine makes no attempt to hide his trademark Cockney dialect in spite of his character coming from Newcastle. This shows how completely Carter's new life in London has changed him.
* NoNameGiven: The assassin out for Carter is identified only by his signet ring, which sports a J.
* NotOnTheList: Jack punches a bouncer who says he's isn't in the list.
* OopNorth: Newcastle in all its grimy, pre-[[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Iron Lady]], early-1970s glory.
* RevengeBeforeReason: What eventually defines Carter himself.
* {{Retirony}}: Jack's ultimate objective after seeking vengeance for his brother is to run away to South America with his boss's wife and his brother's daughter. [[spoiler: This is negated much earlier than Jack's death as Eric boasts that Jack's boss has exposed the affair. [[UnreliableNarrator It's not clear if that's the case though.]]]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The plot in a nutshell.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Michael Caine is About to Shoot You in the film's poster.
* ShoutOut: There's a Zulu shield hung up on Kinnear's wall, a reference to Caine's starring role in the film ''Zulu''.
* SilentCredits: This 1970s gangster flick ends with [[spoiler:Jack Carter himself getting shot on a remote beach by an assassin after Jack got his revenge on his brother's killer]], followed by ending credits with the only sounds being the waves crashing on the shoreline.
* StaggeredZoom: Onto Jack as a shootout ends with Jack getting the drop on a {{Mook}} named Peter, right before Jack shoots Peter.
* TheStoic: Jack almost never panics even when getting shot at.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Carter's relationship with his hometown is quite different, ever since he left the place.
* SociopathicHero: Murdering a woman via deliberate heroin overdose has to qualify.
* TelevisionGeography: A foot chase has the protagonists running from Blythe Staithes (in the county of Northumberland) onto the beach at Blackhall Rocks (in the County of Durham), a mere 35 miles farther south. The scene is the climax of the film.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The "International Trailer" on the current UK DVD shows what happens to Margaret, Eric, Peter, Brumby and the man in the white sweater (see below).
* UnbuiltTrope: The film feels at times like a brutal deconstruction of the Brit gangster flick that emerged in the late 90's due to directors like Creator/GuyRitchie and Matthew Vaughan. The villains are shown as ruthless and incredibly sleazy, the killings are done in a very matter-of-fact manner with little blood and no dramatic tricks, it's set in bleak Newcastle rather than London, there is a complete absence of any pop soundtrack (apart from arbitrary karaoke songs) or any form of music and the lead character is cold-hearted and utterly ruthless, not shown as any better than the men he kills. Were it made today, it would almost certainly be a ''GenreDeconstruction''. Yet it was made in 1971, long before British Gangster films became big.
* TheVoiceless: J himself only gets to talk one time in the movie, and he is talking with Kinnear on the phone.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Carter stabs Albert Swift, who is wearing a white sweater, which makes the resulting blood all the more shocking.
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