I noticed someone included this on their list of fav cult films. This is one of my all-time favorites, too.
Jack Carter is arguably Michael Caine's greatest role ever. In many ways, the cold-blooded London gangster is a very unlikeable character. Virtually everyone around him gets hurt, but you can't help but cheer him on because he's avenging his brother's death.
Lots of great lines, too:
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape and with me it's a full time job. Now behave yourself."
"I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like, Eric. They're still the same...pissholes in the snow."
(Carter naked pointing a shotgun at two gangsters) "Put it away, Jack. You know you won't use it." "The gun, he means!"
"Go and get yourself some karate lessons."
(chasing the exhausted bad guy) "You couldn't win an egg and spoon race, Eric!"
If you haven't seen this film--check it out. And for god's sake, avoid the crappy Sly Stallone remake.
I really like this film a lot too. Michael Caine is amazingly brutal and single-minded in it.
The remake was bad, but at least it did reuse the great music theme from the original in an updated version. (Too bad they didn't also stick to the same plot.)
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