+ intro by Douglas Weir, BFI Technical Delivery Manager and actor Petra Markham
In this moody classic, Michael Caine stars as a gangster investigating the death of his brother.
Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne
UK 1971. 112min
Digital 4K (remaster)
A BFI release
This gritty 1970s gangster classic has become acknowledged as one of the greats of British cinema. Jack Carter (Caine), a London gangster, travels to Newcastle after his brother is killed in a supposed accident but Carter suspects that things may not be as they seem. Using his documentary, realist aesthetic, Hodges’ first feature is a violent, uncompromising classic of the genre, featuring outstanding performances from Caine and Hendry, not to mention Newcastle itself, and is also notable for the extraordinarily quick turnaround from the book being published and the film being made (eight months). This gritty British classic has finally been restored and is available in 4K for the first time.
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