RARA-AVIS: Stallone's Get Carter

From: Channing ( filmtroll@sbcglobal.net)
Date: 22 Apr 2007

I sadly saw Stallone's Get Carter. I was interested in how they would ruin the book. It was a world-class smear job.

They moved the setting from industrial England to Seattle (really Vancouver because it's cheaper to film there). They made Stallone into a bouncer for a Las Vegas casino. So he has a legitimate job, instead of being a hatchet-man for a criminal network. They softened the story like a wet blanket, making Carter's niece a spunky heroine. The movie also featured Allan Cummings as a Bill Gates type computer millionaire with a cowboy hat and Mickey Roarke being Mickey Roarke. And worst of all they brought back Michael Caine to further tarnish the reputation of the original film.

It was so bad we left the theater, but found no other movie starting soon so mistakenly went back into Get Carter to suffer some more. And unsurprisingly they changed the ending.

And yes, I was disappointed that no publishers felt the need to reprint the Get Carter books. But when the movie was so terrible and grossed like $6 mil maybe the publishers made the right financial decision.


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