Re: RARA-AVIS: Get Carter

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 10 Oct 2000

Juri wrote:

"I just don't want to see the original film to be ruined."

Well, of course, the original will not be ruined, it's still right there on my shelf and on the shelves of many video stores. In fact, the new one has brought more attention to the old one (I know a guy who has been trying to rent it for over a month and it's never in). Didn't someone say it recently ran on a cable movie channel? The timing makes it evident it's a tie-in.

Similarly, bad movies don't ruin the books upon which they're based. Or different movies, for that matter. I remember the first time I saw Altman's Long Goodbye. I was incensed by his changes. I was fuming when I came out of the theater. However, when I saw it again I forced myself to take it on its own terms and ended up loving it.

And that's what I'm going to try to do when I see the new Get Carter
(although I admit to a perverse interest in how bad they might have screwed it up, like Payback, which I hated), take it on its own terms, not compare it to the Hodges film. In that film, Micahel Caine played Carter with understated cool. There is no way I can conceive of Stallon playing understated cool. Maybe they changed focus, though, and used Stallone's strengths for him -- I don't have any problem seeing him as a mob enforcer. So as much as I loved the original Get Carter (and the book upon which it was based), I am going to try to look at this film as what it is? I'll let you know if I succeed. Or if I think the film does.


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