Friday 11 February 2011, 16:45
Forty years ago, movie star Michael Caine, playwright and actor John Osborne, Swedish siren Britt Ekland, and a who's who of British character actors were brought together under Mike Hodges' clean direction to create a very fine gangster movie indeed. As gritty and downbeat as the Ted Lewis novel it draws on, the film has a punch like few others. Everyone can quote the lines, but just why is Carter's impact so profound, so long-lasting?
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