Get Carter

Get Carter (1971)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack Carter is chasing Thorpey, Thorpey hides by going into a dance hall. Watch for one brief shot of the dance floor - there's a tall skinny youth on the dance floor wearing an orange shirt and a black waistcoat. This shot was the (uncredited) screen debut of Jimmy Nail - later of "Auf Weidershen, Pet" fame (00:42:00 - 00:43:00)

Correction: Jimmy Nail is not on the dance floor. I froze the DVD to take a good look. It's well known he is next to the entrance of the night club when Caine walks in. I made an entire web site devoted to the film.

Corrected entry: In the "drink up and die" sequence at the end of the film, Jack Carter is chasing Eric Paice along a coal landing wharf, saying "You couldn't win an egg and spoon race, Eric". Eric jumps, shot, they are running across a filthy stormy beach. The coal landing wharf was at Cambois Staithes, Blyth, Northumberland. The filthy beach was at Blackhall, County Durham. The two are over 37 miles apart. Even Sir Michael Caine can't jump over 37 miles in a single leap... (01:40:30)

Correction: Unless there is an obvious physical discontinuity between the two scenes, then this is not a film mistake. Using one location for another is not a mistake, it is part of the film making process.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack Carter stabs Albert Swift to death (in the toilets at the back of the betting shop) we only see a teaspoon-sized bloodstain on Albert's shirt. If you stab someone through the heart with a knife, you'd usually see more blood then that. (There were at least two takes of this scene - one with lots of blood, and a 'toned down' version with very little. At the request of the BBFC Censors, the 'toned down' version was the one used)

Correction: He doesn't get stabbed in the heart. Jack stabs him in the left side of his stomach/gut area.

Corrected entry: In the 'drink up and die' sequence near the end of the film, Jack Carter is chasing Eric Paice. Carter is carrying a loaded shot gun. (He even says "move away from the car - or I'll blow you away"). Yet Jack Carter killed Eric by smashing his skull in with the gun butt. Why didn't Carter just shoot Eric with the gun? After all he couldn't miss - Eric was lying on the beach when they were less than 2 ft apart...

Correction: Because he didn't want to. Eric had killed his brother and Carter wanted to make him suffer - thus, the "drink up and die" sequence. So, shooting Eric wasn't enough for Carter. That's why he cracked up the guy's head instead of merely shooting him.

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Continuity mistake: When Jack Carter drives up to Cliff Brumby's house, watch the shadow on the window in the background. A shadow of someone appears in the window, disappears for a second, and then re-appears in a different place in the window. (00:46:00)

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Jack Carter: You couldn't run an egg and spoon race Eric.

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Trivia: One of the most memorable things about Get Carter is its use of locations in and around Newcastle. (Indeed, director Mike Hodges even rewrote the script at some points to make use of the locations he'd found.) But what is not so widely known is that the book the film is based on - "Jack's Return Home" by Ted Lewis - was not set in Newcastle at all. It was set in Doncaster.

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Question: Why does Jack insist that his pint of bitter be in a THIN glass? I've tried doing some Google research on the question and haven't come up with a satisfactory answer. One person says it's a Northerners vs Southerners custom, one says it's in case he needs to use the glass as a weapon, another says he's just being a jerk to the barman as he'd already started to pull it, and a fourth says it's just because that's how Carter ordered it in the novel. Nobody seems to know for certain, though. I'm hoping that maybe someone's seen an interview with Michael Caine or Ted Lewis and has the real answer.

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Answer: It's a show of sophistication. Working class men in pubs and clubs (north, south, and London) typically drank from beer mugs. By insisting on a thin glass Jack is making a public display, of socially distancing himself from the average beer drinking peers, showing he has refined himself from his working class roots.

Chosen answer: Its the northerners V southerners for that time period - northerners drank from jugs (the pint glass with the handle) and southerners drank from tall pint glasses that are more commonly used today. Jack, being from London, wanted it in a tall glass.

Answer: Absolutely not. This is gangster. Carter knows if he has a thin straight glass he can tap it on the bar and he has a makeshift weapon. You can't do that with a dimpled 'glass' with a handle, which is a mug by the way.

Answer: Jugs can survive being chipped on the rim and difficult to spot, any chip on a thin glass would produce an obvious crack and not be used, so you could cut your mouth on a chipped jug. Nothing to do with class, just thickness of glass.

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