Get Carter (2000)

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Get Carter (2000)
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Genre: Crime
Starring: Sylvester Stallone
Miranda Richardson
Rachael Leigh Cook
Alan Cumming
Mickey Rourke
Rhona Mitra
John C. McGinley
Michael Caine
Photography: Color
Release Date: October 6, 2000
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Country: United States

Get Carter is a 2000 American action thriller film, and is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, which was based on Ted Lewis' 1970 novel Jack's Return Home. It was directed by Stephen Kay, produced by Mark Canton, Neil Canton, and Elie Samaha, written by David McKenna, and starred Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, Rhona Mitra, John C. McGinley, and Michael Caine (who had previously played Carter in the 1971 film).


Las Vegas mob enforcer Jack Carter returns to his hometown of Seattle to investigate the death of his brother Richie.

Why It Sucks

  1. Sylvester Stallone is miscast as Carter, and his goatee beard is very distracting.
  2. The supporting cast doesn't get that much to do.
  3. Tacked-on action scenes that hinder the story rather than drive it forward.
  4. The film tries to force Carter into being a good guy, a stark contrast to how the original Carter was a brutal thug who wanted vengeance instead of redemption.
  5. Headache-inducing soundtrack.
  6. Sloppy editing.
  7. Tries far too hard to be tough and gritty, something the 1971 film was already without even trying.
  8. The ending where Carter survives the entire ordeal and leaves for Las Vegas is far away from the 1971 film's ending in which Carter died after avenging his brother's death.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Michael Caine gives it socks in all three of his scenes as Cliff Brumby.
  2. The scene where Carter comforts Doreen over what happened in the video where she was raped by Geraldine and Eddie is very heartwarming.


  • Stephen Kay clashed with Franchise Pictures over the tone of the remake. Kay wanted the film to be more of an "anti-revenge" movie, while Franchise Pictures wanted a more traditional Sylvester Stallone action picture.
  • The original screenplay, which Sylvester Stallone signed on for, was much more violent, and focused more on the revenge element.
  • The scene where Carter shoots Brumby in a car park after catching him trying to steal the disc was the last scene to be filmed, due to Sylvester Stallone's goatee being barely visible, and Sir Michael Caine's hair being shorter than it was in his previous scene.


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