I’m afflicted with a disease called “newer is always better” syndrome. That’s the way I have always looked at things; the latest version of something MUST be the best.
Back in 2000 I happened to watch a terrible Sylvester Stallone vehicle called “Get Carter,” and boy was it bad. However, the silver lining of that wasted two hours was that it led me to the original version of that movie which came out in 1971 and starred Michael Caine. It also cured me of my syndrome.
This movie is the real deal. It follows the journey of an enforcer for the London mob as he “goes home” to Newcastle to attend the funeral of his younger brother, find out who killed him, and exact revenge.
Everything about this movie is fantastic, from the gritty industrial setting to the Roy Budd composed soundtrack. But the best thing about “Get Carter” is the character Michael Caine plays. There is no attempt in the story to compromise the character of Jack Carter and what he is really about.
No love of children, kindness to the elderly, or quick shots of a knowing smile that let’s us see he really has a heart of gold. He is just a bad, bad man. You rarely seen a villain so “normally evil” these days (Javier Bardem’s character in “No Country For Old Men” perhaps the closest in recent years).