Trivia / Get Carter

  • Actor Allusion: When Carter enters Cyril Kinnear's house, there is a Zulu shield and assegais on the wall. This is an in-joke about Michael Caine's first screen success in Zulu.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For director Mike Hodges.
  • Cast the Expert: As a young man John Bindon (Sid Fletcher) had been in and out of borstal, and spent most of his adult life associating with criminals, so he was ideally suited to play a gangland boss, despite being young, having intimate knowledge of that world. In the late 1970s his career suffered as he became entangled in accusations of protection racketeering in Fulham and was acquitted of murder at the Old Bailey.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Ian Hendry, who plays Eric, was in line for the title role and never forgave Caine for taking it. The onscreen hatred you see is very real.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Britt Ekland was afraid of becoming typecast, having already played two gangster's molls before this. She was also reluctant to take the part as she did not want to take her clothes off; however, she had financial problems at the time as a result of bad investment decisions by her accountant. She was later happy that she had been involved with the project.
  • One-Book Author: Carl Howard, who played "J", the sniper who kills Carter at the end). He is only identified by the initial on his ring, in his only film role, and an appropriate mystery surrounds his real identity. His name does not appear on the credits of some prints. Mike Hodges explained that Howard was an extra on his TV film, Rumour, and the director gave him a line to say, but another extra was wrongly credited. Hodges promised he would make it up to him and cast him in Carter, but his name was missed off some of the original prints. When the film credits were printed in the Radio Times and TV Times Howard was also trimmed. Hodges said in 2002 "Carl and credits don't seem destined for each other".
  • Playing Against Type: Michael Caine, usually the Loveable Rogue (at the time), is the Sociopathic Hero.
    • John Osborne relished the role of Cyril Kinnear, seeing it as a chance to shed his image as an "Angry Young Man".
  • Reality Subtext: The tension between Carter and Eric Paice (Ian Hendry) was assisted by the fact that Carter was originally going to be played by Ian Hendry until Michael Caine was hired, much to Hendry's resentment.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Alun Armstrong makes his film debut.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • One of the most dating parts of the film is the porn movie: it is on film, silent, in black-and-white, and Carter watches it on a clattering projector. VHS reached the UK in 1978, less than ten years after the film's release.
    • Names go in and out of fashion. Names like Doreen and Glenda were reasonable names for young women to have in 1970, but 40 years on, they are old lady names.
  • What Could Have Been: MGM wanted Telly Savalas for Cliff Brumby.
  • Working Title: Bent, Carter, Here Comes Carter and Carter's the Name.

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