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Get Carter

Released 1971
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Director Mike Hodges’ Get Carter is the quintessential hard-boiled British crime film. Remarkably influential, it paved the way for like-minded fare such as The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa. Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a ruthless London mobster who travels back to his Newcastle hometown to investigate the death of his brother… and woe betide anyone who stands in the way of this cooly efficient killer. The film underperformed at the box office due to poor promotion but is now recognized as one of the finest thrillers of the decade. MGM was fond of blaxploitation remakes, and George Armitage’s 1972 Hit Man borrows a lot from Get Carter, but it wasn’t until 2000 that an actual remake arrived, starring Sylvester Stallone, to dismal effect.

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About Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston. He’s published 11 novels, three of which (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island) have been made into award-winning films. Lehane’s work has been translated into twenty-two languages. He has been a staff writer on HBO’s The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and adapted his short story Animal Rescue, into a feature film called The Drop for Fox Searchlight, which was released September 2014. He and his wife and children divide their time between Boston and Los Angeles.

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