Review: Jack Carter is a cold-blooded London gangster who travels to Newcastle in search of his brother’s killers.
Director: Mike Hodges
Actors: Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry, Tony Beckley, George Sewell, Geraldine Moffat, Alun Armstrong, Bernard Hepton, Bryan Mosley, Glynn Edwards, Terence Rigby, John Bindon, Godfrey Quigley and Kevin Brennan
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller
Based on an adaptation of a Ted Lewis novel. The greatest gangster movie ever made. This is not an easy watch by any means. This is Michael Caine at his best. I very much enjoyed the musical score and felt it fitted into the film very well. It helped the film by giving it a more gripping edge. It made it more suspenseful. I have to say that the script was very well written for example “A pint of bitter…in a thin glass” – Jack Carter. When this film was released, barmen in Newcastle soon got fed up and sick of being asked for drinks “In a thin glass!”. I enjoyed the fact that there was little CGI in the film. Apparently, when this film came out it was the Americans who took this film more seriously than the British. Now regarded as one of the Best British films to have been made. The late Barry Norman quoted that this “paints a vivid picture of life in the underworld”. It is quite incredible that watching this film in the 21st century can still leave you gripped and that it has stood the test of time.