Get Carter

Get Carter is 50 – Around The Web

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As Get Carter turned 50 years old last week it was inevitable that there would be a number of retrospective articles around the web looking back on the film and it’s anniversary. Whilst the site didn’t get much more activity than usual (unlike when the film is shown on the TV and I have a huge spike in numbers), I thought it might be useful to collate some of the articles from across the web that celebrated the milestone:

‘Movie Birthdays’ YouTube channel also did a nice video essay on the 50th anniversary:

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Get Carter is 50 Years Old!

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A huge milestone for the film as this week marks 50 years since Get Carter was released to the British public all that time ago in 1971.

The film initially held a Newcastle premiere on the 7th March 1971 where unfortunatley Michael Caine wasn’t able to be present, although he did film a small introduction to be shown before the film:

Another premiere followed some days later in London on the 11th March and the film was finally open to all on 12th March when it was released under General Release across the UK. As was the way at the time, not all cinemas got the film at the same time and it took a number of weeks until the film had made it’s way back up north to the cinemas in Necastle and beyond.

Interestingly, the very first premiere was held on the 3rd February all the way over in Los Angeles, an idea seemingly cooked up by MGM to try and generate interest to a Stateside audience. How well that worked is unclear, as the film never really took off there, especially on the West Coast – it was said to have had some interest in New York City at the time in selected art house style cinemas, but it was far from the global smash hit that MGM were possibly aiming for.

The interest in Get Carter was initially strong, as detailed by Steve Chibnall in ‘A British Film Guide’:

In contrast to some of the mythology that surrounds the film, however, its box-office takings were very respectable. In the first week of its two-month London run, Get Carter broke the house record at ABC2, Shaftesbury Avenue (£8,188), and continued to do better business than Up Pompeii, which was showing in the larger ABC1. When moved to the ABC cinemas in the Edgware and Fulham Roads, it ‘opened strongly’, in spite of strong competition from Death in Venice, When Eight Bells Toll and The Music Lovers. On general release in the north of England in May, it enjoyed a ‘very strong first week’, before falling victim to an unseasonal heatwave that decimated cinema attendance. In the south of England, the film had ‘a highly satisfactory two-week run’. Interestingly, although Get Carter’s downbeat and unsentimental tone is now thought to express the mood of its times, the mass cinema audience preferred Love Story, which remained the most popular film in Britain throughout Get Carter’s run.

After being lost to a public audience throughout the majority of the 70s, 80s and 90s it’s eventual recognition and re-release in the late 1990s firmly cemented it’s status as a modern classic. Thankfully, even 50 years on, both Mike Hodges and Michael Caine are still around to tell their story of the film and hopfully both are raising a glass this week to a film which has truly stood the test of time.

Here’s to another 50 years!

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Rare Get Carter poster sells for £1800 at auction

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The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that a rare Get Carter poster has sold for a staggering £1,800 at a North East auctioneers.

One of the North East’s best-loved films – Get Carter – marks the 50th anniversary of its release in the New Year.

And there was an early boost to the celebrations when a poster for the film, estimated at £100 to £150 in a sale at Boldon Auction Galleries on South Tyneside, fetched a remarkable £1,800 this week.

“It was a very good result. Get Carter is a cult movie and there is the 50th anniversary coming up,” said auctioneer Giles Hodges.

The poster, as pointed out in the artcile is infamous amongst Get Carter fans as a poster that splits opinion as it features scenes and visuals that don’t exist in the film.

You can find out more about this poster and other worldwide cinema posters in our dedicated section of the website.

Criterion Cast Profiles ‘Get Carter’ in Latest Podcast

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As part of the ongoing Criterion Reflections series, the series has come to 1971 and this week they have covered Get Carter.

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by David Seeley and Richard Doyle to discuss Get Carter, starring Michael Caine and directed by Mike Hodges.

Worth a listen for any fans of the film, although there are some pretty obvious errors in the analysis (Dori??). The presenters are US based, so I think they struggle sometimes to understand the very UK-centric plot subtleties.

Ted Lewis Group Outline Plans for 2020

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The Ted Lewis group continue their excellent appreciation of the author and his finest work by announcing their events for 2020. As we are approaching the 50th year of the anniversary of the film’s release and the 80th birthday of Ted they have assembled a bumper programme of events to celebrate Ted and the film. More detail will follow in due course but see below for a list of upcoming events from the ever-busy group.

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Get Carter soundtrack to be reissued as a 3CD Deluxe Edition with book

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The ever useful Modculture website has alerted me to the fact that a brand new 3CD reissue of the Get Carter soundtrack is being released this month. It looks like it contains new tracks that haven’t ever been released before, as well as Roy Budd ‘best of’ disc. I’ll let Modculture explain…

Fans of the classic film might be interested in the Get Carter soundtrack deluxe 3-CD reissue with book, which is out this month.

The new and improved edition of Get Carter has three CDs of music from Roy Budd – the first two devoted to the film’s soundtrack and the third to the best of Roy Budd’s other scores.

Disc 1 is the original Japanese soundtrack, with the addition of ‘Hallucinations’ (which was on the soundtrack but not the LP).

Disc 2 combines other incidental music from the film with single mixes and remixes and other rarities.

Disc 3 is other Roy Budd soundtrack highlights from the likes of Diamonds, Fear Is The Key, The Stone Killer and The Black Windmill.

All of that comes in a ‘deluxe’ hardback book format with a huge booklet featuring a new, 15,000 essay from film soundtrack writer Charlie Brigden and a foreword from Paul Fishman, as well as numerous images from the cult classic movie.

It’s available to order now ahead of the release date of 26th July 2019, with a price of £26.99.

Looks a nice release. Once released I’ll update the discography page.

Get Carter OST 3CD Deluxe Cover

DISC ONE – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

GET CARTER (Intro)
DIALOGUE
CARTER TAKES THE TRAIN (Main Title)
DIALOGUE
LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEONE
THE RACE TRACK (Dialogue)
SOMETHIN’ ON MY MIND
DIALOGUE
GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY
DIALOGUE
THE GIRL IN THE CAR
THE PHONE CALL (Dialogue)
LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
DIALOGUE
LIVING SHOULD BE THAT WAY
DIALOGUE
MANHUNT
DIALOGUE
GOODBYE ERIC + DIALOGUE
DIALOGUE
HALLUCINATIONS
GOODBYE CARTER!

DISC TWO – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BONUS MATERIAL

GET CARTER (Alternative Mix 1) *
PLAYTHING
DIALOGUE
HALLUCINATIONS (Alternative Vocal Mix) *
DIALOGUE
LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (Alternative Mix) *
MANHUNT (Alternative Mix) *
DIALOGUE
GET CARTER (Alternative Mix 2) *
GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY (Alternative Vocal Mix) *
HALLUCINATIONS (Instrumental Mix)
HOW ABOUT YOU
GET CARTER (7″ Single Version)
GET CARTER (Dope On A Rope US Remix)
GET CARTER (De Few 2 Smoking Barrels Remix)
GET CARTER (Deadly Avenger Remix)
GET CARTER (Breakneck Dirtbox Remix)

DISC THREE – A BIT OF BUDD

MR FUNKER (M15-FB) (from Foxbat)
WAY OUT M1 (SK 10) (from The Stone Killer)
NO DOUBT (MC-M11) (from The Marseille Contract)
DIAMOND FORTRESS (from Diamonds)
IN THE SHADOWS (from The Stone Killer)
JAZZ IT UP (MC-M4) (from The Marseille Contract)
FREE TARRANT (from The Black Windmill)
CASSETTE JAZZ (from The Black Windmill)
FOR ALL MY DAYS (from Kidnapped)
NO COOPERATION (from The Black Windmill)
TEACHER AND PUPIL (from Paper Tiger)
MAIN THEME (from Fear Is The Key)
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (Theme from The Warsaw Concerto) (from The Sea Wolves)
HOW CAN WE RUN AWAY (from Something To Hide)
CRESTA’S SONG (from Soldier Blue)
THEME FROM AUNT HARRIET
THE CAREY TREATMENT (from The Carey Treatment)
VERSAILLES EXIT
WHO NEEDS LOVE ANYWAY

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