"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 Michael Caine
as the title character, Jack Carter, a prominent London Gangster
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 2000 with Sylvester Stallone
as the title character and Caine in a minor role, but was not 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 The Caper
style gangster movie, in favour of a Darker and Edgier
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 The Italian Job (1969)
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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