"You're a big man, but you're out of shape. With me it's a full-time job. So please sit down and relax."
- Jack Carter (Sylvester Stallone) to Brumby (Michael Caine)
Los Angeles Times - 10/07/2000
"...[The] scenes between Stallone and Cook are quite affecting under Stephen Kay's direction..."
Total Film - 12/01/2000
"...Stylish and compelling viewing..."
Jack Carter's brother is dead. And Jack (Sylvester Stallone) wants to know why. A Las Vegas mob enforcer, he carefully packs his guns and sets off for Seattle by train. At the funeral, he discovers his brother was full of alcohol when he died in a car accident. But according to his niece, Doreen (Rachael Leigh Cook), his brother didn't drink. Jack starts on a tortuous trail that leads, via gang boss Brumby (Michael Caine) and porno-loving thug Cyrus Paice (Mickey Rourke), to a Seattle computer billionaire named Jeremy Kinnear (Alan Cumming). Among those trying to "get Carter" is Con (John C. McGinley), another enforcer from Las Vegas.
GET CARTER is the second remake of the bleak and gritty 1971 British thriller of the same title. In the original, directed by Mike Hodges (CROUPIER), Michael Caine was Carter. The first remake was George Armitage's 1972 film HIT MAN. Scriptwriter David McKenna and director Stephen T. Kay have shifted the location in GET CARTER 2000 to the Pacific Northwest. While they have made it less perverse than the original, this version is more upscale, and more jolting, with splintered jump cuts and pulsating music.
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Theatrical release: October 6, 2000.
GET CARTER was shot on location in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Seattle, Washington, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although director Stephen T. Kay thought about making GET CARTER on black-and-white film stock, it was shot in color. However, Kay and director of photography Mauro Fiore still wanted to give it a black-and-white feel, so Fiore used a bleach bypass process in the development of the negative. "This process allowed us to create a stark, contrasting feel without using strictly black and white. The bleach bypass process desaturates the colors and adds more contrast which can give the action a very dark mysterious feel," said Fiore.