Get Carter: A British Film Guide

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Mike Hodges’ bleak gangster film was released in 1971 to controversy and mixed reviews. Three decades later in the British Film Institute’s millennial poll, the film was voted one of the 20 best British films of all time. Steve Chibnall’s enjoyable and fresh account relates the film to others in its genre like Point Blank and Dirty Harry, profiles the people involved in its making and presents a fascinating analysis of the film text itself. He completes the story-so-far, looking at the critical reception, and cultural context and the two remakes: the 1972 blaxploitation film Hit Man and the new Stephen T. Kay movie, set in the US.

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Steve Chibnall is leader of the Film Studies Pathway and coordinator of the British Cinema and Television Research Group, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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'Chibnall's account and analysis of the film's history is well due... his evocation of the time and his detailed research do both himself and the film proud... this book is an undoubted gem, insightful and thorough. Chibnall's Get Carter is a fascinating celebration of a vital, iconic British movie. A readable, inclusive tone is quickly established...' -Graeme Cole, Kamera Magazine 'A model of the genre... Chibnall brilliantly sketches the atmosphere of corruption and decadence that succeeded the burning out of the Sixties in Britain. He also provides an illuminating summary of the John Poulton/ T. Dan Smith scandal and an account of the lucrative trade in obscene publications- two elements crucial to Mike Hodges's movie.' -Chris Wood, The Times

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