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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 2000 with SylvesterStallone 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 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:
-->'''Carter:''' You're a big man but in bad shape. With me it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Carter is quite dapper. He's from the big city, after all.
* BadassLongcoat
* BerserkButton: When Carter watches the porn flick...
* 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: [[spoiler: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.
* {{Determinator}}: Nothing on earth will get in the way of Jack's quest for vengeance.
* 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.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: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.
* 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: as he kills him]] and claims that Doreen 'can't get away' with [[spoiler: being in the porn film]], yet Jack has no qualms in setting himself on his boss' wife [[spoiler: and his rival mobster's girlfriend]] as the other man in ''two'' triangles. It's also not determined if Doreen feels [[spoiler: that she was raped as she doesn't show that she's hiding anything from Jack throughout the film,]] and it's unknown if [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: Kinnear's girlfriend Glenda]] by backing the car that Carter was driving into the dock while [[spoiler: 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-[[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''.
* 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
* 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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Albert Swift]], who is wearing a white sweater, which makes the resulting blood all the more shocking.
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