Get Carter (2000 film)

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Get Carter
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byStephen Kay
Produced byMark Canton
Neil Canton
Elie Samaha
Screenplay byDavid McKenna
Based onJack's Return Home
by Ted Lewis
Music byTyler Bates
CinematographyMauro Fiore
Edited byJerry Greenberg
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • October 6, 2000 (2000-10-06) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$63.6 million
Box office$19.4 million

Get Carter is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by Stephen Kay and starring Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Alan Cumming, Mickey Rourke, John C. McGinley, Michael Caine, and Rhona Mitra. It is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, also starring Caine.

The film was released in the United States on October 6, 2000. Critical reaction was negative, and the film flopped at the box office, with worldwide earnings of approximately $19 million against a production budget of nearly $64 million.


Jack Carter, a mob enforcer living in Las Vegas, returns home to Seattle after hearing that his brother, Ritchie, was killed in a drunk-driving accident. His partner, Con McCarty, covers for him with his mob boss, Fletcher - whose girlfriend Audrey is having an affair with Jack.

At his brother's funeral, Jack meets his niece, Doreen, and Eddie, a friend and co-worker of Ritchie. Both tell Jack that Ritchie rarely drank and would never have driven while intoxicated; Eddie also says Ritchie would not be involved in any illicit activities. He also talks to a woman, Geraldine, who is evasive and cryptic about her relationship to Ritchie. At the wake, Jack continues questioning mourners and well-wishers about what happened to his brother, drawing the ire of Ritchie's widow, Gloria.

He confronts the owner of the club Ritchie managed, loan shark Cliff Brumby. Brumby doesn't believe Ritchie was murdered, but tells Jack that Ritchie was having an affair with Geraldine, an associate of local boss Cyrus Paice.

Jack questions Paice but doesn't get any useful information. He follows Paice and is led to Jeremy Kinnear, a wealthy computer mogul who hired Paice to discreetly procure beautiful women for him at parties so he can present a "professional" and squeaky-clean image. However, Paice is now blackmailing Kinnear into running Paice's pornographic websites. Unable to get any straight answers, Jack carefully examines surveillance tapes from Brumby's club.

He discovers that Paice produces amateur porn movies using young girls drugged and raped by Eddie and Geraldine; one video shows Doreen as one of the victims. Geraldine found out Doreen was Ritchie's daughter and gave the video disc to Richie, but Ritchie was murdered and set up to look like an accident before he could take it to the police.

Audrey breaks up with Jack, who tells Fletcher that he is done with Vegas; McCarty and another gangster are sent to confront Jack, who manages to evade them. Jack talks with Doreen about what happened in the video, comforting her and telling her she is a good person.

Jack sets out on a path of vengeance. Geraldine calls Jack, apologizing for what happened to Doreen and says that Paice is coming to kill her; Jack arrives to find her body. He then heads to Eddie's apartment to interrogate him. Eddie tells Jack that Paice is at Kinnear's; Jack throws him off the balcony to his death. McCarty tracks Jack to Eddie's apartment, beginning a car chase; McCarty is forced off the road, crashing violently and presumably killing the mobsters. At Kinnear's house, Jack confronts Paice, who claims Kinnear is the man behind Ritchie's murder. Jack attempts to hit Paice from behind, but Paice sees him in a reflection and ducks. Paice then pummels him to the ground while commenting that Ritchie put up more of a fight than he did, thereby admitting that he was involved in his brother's death. Paice walks away and joins some women on the busy dance floor.

Bloodied, Jack gets up and follows Paice to the dance foor, telling him he should finish what he starts. Paice agrees; he tries to sucker punch Jack, but Jack floors him with one punch before brutally beating Paice. Jack pulls his pistol and points it directly at Paice's face, but changes his mind and leaves him on the floor, bloody and unconscious.

Jack confronts Kinnear, who says that he only told Paice to get the disc back from Ritchie, not kill him, and that Paice and Brumby committed the murder; Jack lets Kinnear live.

In a car park, Jack finds Brumby attempting to steal the disc from Jack's car. Brumby admits involvement in the murder, warning Jack that killing him will force him to run for the rest of his life. As Brumby walks away, Jack calls out to him. Brumby won't turn around and Jack shoots him in the back.

Having settled the score for his brother, a now shaven Jack meets Doreen one last time at Ritchie's grave and explains that he has to go away for a while. After reminding her that she is special, they say their goodbyes. Jack gets into his car and opens a map that leads to Las Vegas.



Box office[edit]

The film flopped at the box office.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received a lowly 12% favorable rating among the critics tracked by Rotten Tomatoes based on 60 reviews.[2]

Among positive reviews, praised "the sharp turn given by Sly Stallone, its groovy tunes, and its generally dark and gritty nature."[3] Rob Blackwelder of SPLICEDWire called the film "a stimulating visual showcase of stylish film making that keeps a viewer's attention."[4] Chuck O'Leary of said that "the original Get Carter is better, but this is quite watchable as far as modern-era remakes go".[5]

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "D+" on an A+ to F scale.[6]

Shawn Levy of the Portland Oregonian gave an average review, saying that while "the film doesn't touch the original, it doesn't hit rock bottom, either."[7] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times said the film is "not a terrible movie" but "too routine for its own good."[8] Marc Savlov of The Austin Chronicle said that "the film itself is a muddle, but what is good is Stallone".[9] Bob Graham of the San Francisco Chronicle said the film "is murkier than it needs to be, through no fault of Stallone's".[10]

Among the negative reviews, Todd McCarthy of Variety called the film "a useless remake."[11] Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times said that the film is "so minimally plotted that not only does it lack subtext or context, but it also may be the world's first movie without even a text".[12] Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News called the film "a throwaway story hidden beneath a messy jumble of weird camera angles, worthless editing tricks and an ill-placed, obnoxious score".[13]


The film was nominated for Worst Actor (Sylvester Stallone) and Worst Remake or Sequel at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards in 2000.[14] At the 2000 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film received four nominations: Worst Picture, Worst Director (Kay), Worst Actor (Stallone), and Worst Remake/Sequel.[15]

Home media[edit]

DVD was released in Region 1 on February 13, 2001,[16] and Region 2 on 24 June 2002, it was distributed by Warner Home Video.


  1. ^ "GET CARTER (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2000-11-20. Retrieved 2012-12-28.
  2. ^ Get Carter, Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ review
  4. ^ SPLICEDWire review
  5. ^ Review by Chuck O'Leary,
  6. ^ "CinemaScore".
  7. ^ Review by Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
  8. ^ Review by Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
  9. ^ Review by Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
  10. ^ Review by Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
  11. ^ Review by Todd McCarthy, Variety
  12. ^ Review by A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  13. ^ Review by Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
  14. ^ "2000 RAZZIE® Nominees & "Winners"". Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  15. ^ "Past Winners Database". The Envelope at LA Times. Archived from the original on 5 January 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Get Carter (2000)". DVDs ReleaseDates. Retrieved 29 November 2017.

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