Monday 23 April 2018

Caine's hits and misses

The Best ...

Get Carter (1971)

Caine is outstanding in Mike Hodges's gritty thriller as a London gangster who returns to his native Newcastle and begins extracting grisly revenge on the hoods who killed his brother.

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Caine and his close friend Sean Connery star in John Huston's stirring 1970s adventure romp based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling. The film inspired George Lucas to create Indiana Jones.

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Critics were shocked when Caine turned up in a Woody Allen comedy playing a bumbling and neurotic New Yorker not a million miles away from Allen himself. But his brilliant performance won him an Oscar.

The WORST ...

The Swarm (1978)

Sir Michael has not always been discerning about his choice of roles, and The Swarm is frequently cited as the worst disaster movie ever made. When killer bees attack Texas, it's very hard to care.

The Hand (1981)

In Oliver Stone's schlocky horror, Caine played a graphic artist who loses his hand in extremely unpleasant circumstances, after which the hand goes on a killing spree. Critics were unimpressed.

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Caine phoned it in as a dashing pilot in this feeble-minded sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1970s classic, which was so dire that it finished off the franchise.

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