Get Carter

Get Carter (1971)

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Carter kills Margaret the hooker and plants her body in Kinnear's mansion's grounds. Kinnear is arrested but not before he calls out a hit on Carter. Carter catches up with Eric, who killed his brother and there is an on-foot chase which ends on a beach. Eric collapses with exhaustion and Carter catches up with him forcing him to drink a whole bottle of whisky just like he did to Carter's brother. When he finishes he cracks his skull with the stock of his shotgun and dumps the body in the sea via the waste coal conveyor. Smiling, because he has at last avenged his brother, Carter prepares to throw his gun in the sea, feeling he can go back to his life. But he is then shot from afar, by the hitman Kinnear hired earlier on. The hitman walks away and the last shot is of the waves lapping over Carter's body.

Matt Barnes

Continuity mistake: When Carter is shot at the very end of the film, his shot gun falls clear of his body. In the following shot as the sea washes around his body, his hand is resting on the gun.

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

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Trivia: Michael Caine's character was called Jack Carter. According to the film's director, Mike Hodges, the stand-in used for Michael Caine during the filming actually was a guy named...Jack Carter

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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.

Captain Defenestrator

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.

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