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Get Carter

The grimmest, bleakest, and most often misquoted Caine film of the lot gets a look-in for its peerless use of locations as much as for its set pieces, although they are fantastic – Caine answering door naked with shotgun as drum majorettes march past, Caine making final delirious despatch with aid of seaside slag tipper, and of course the scene that’s now forever to be known as “the out-of-shape bloke”. Nowadays Old Maurice lives out his dotage on a cheeky chappie rough diamond reputation, but here’s a good example of a man who’s nothing but coal. Ian Hendry, Brian ‘Alf’ Mosley, Glyn ‘Winchester’ Edwards, Alun ‘Underworld’ Armstrong…what more could you want? Oh, and Michael ‘Michael Caine is Michael Caine in…’ Caine is in it too. Apparently Caine plays Cliff Brumby in the Stallone version. But since we never, ever want to see that, that’s pretty academic really.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Stuff “you’re a big man but you’re out of shape”, my favourite line is the description of Ian Hendry’s eyes – “like two pissholes in the snow”. Surely no coincidence that one of the alternative titles for Carry On Abroad (the following year) was ‘Swiss Hols in the Snow’?

  2. Lee James Turnock

    August 31, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Funny how Alun Armstrong as Keith looked youngER, but stopped short of actually looking YOUNG. I imagine he had that face even when he was a newborn.

  3. Richard16378

    August 31, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    There’s some other actors that seem to look 40ish from about the age of 32 to thier early 70’s.

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