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)
London-based gangster Michael Caine returns to his home town of Newcastle to find out how and why his brother got killed. He has to delve into Newcastle's criminal underworld to unearth a tale of vice and racketeering before discovering the sordid truth.
Trivia: John "Biffo" Bindon (played Sid Fletcher) had numerous roles during the '60s-'70s as the gangster-type. In real-life he had a violent temper, provoked pub fights and ran a protection racket. It's been suggested that he was known to associate with organised crime leaders the Kray twins and the Richardson Gang, but the extent of his involvement in the English underworld has never really been proven. In 1968 he was awarded the Queen's Award for Bravery (a police bravery medal) for rescuing a drowning man by diving off the Putney Bridge into the River Thames. Some have said that it was Bindon who pushed the man off the bridge but was forced to rescue him when a policeman showed up. By 1971 Bindon went into organising security, which had unfortunate results when hired to be security co-ordinator for Led Zeppelin, during their U.S. concert tour. Then in 1978, Bindon was in a knife fight with London gangster John Darke, which resulted in Darke's death, and by 1979 was on trial where the prosecution claimed it was a contract killing. Defence argued that Darke's death was in self defence (there were allegations that while awaiting trial Bindon bragged to a cellmate that he was a hitman). Though Bindon was acquitted of Darke's murder, his reputation was badly damaged and he became reclusive in the 1980s, before his death in October '93, of AIDS.
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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