Monday, January 04, 2016

Michael Caine

I can't think of many actors whose career has been as good as Michael Caine. It's Saturday night and you are going to watch a triple feature. (I know that seems ridiculous to some people). But what three Michael Caine movies would you boot up.

ALFIE
GET CARTER
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

This was really hard. So many other great films. So which three do you pick. IMDB will help you out.

24 comments:

Deb said...

ALFIE would be my first choice, probably followed by GET CARTER (love the 1970s anti-happy-ending). But my third choice would be the rather obscure 1983 comedy WATER where Caine plays a diplomat assigned to a poor Carribean nation and what happens when a naturally-effervescent water is discovered there. In addition to Caine, the movie has an eclectic cast-- Brenda Vocarro, Valerine Perrine, Fred Gwynn, Dick Shawn, Billy Connelly, Jimmie Walker, etc.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Have never even heard of that one, Deb. Will have to look for it.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

GET CARTER
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

I haven't seen ALFIE in 50 years so don't remember it well enough.

Then there is ZULU.

Al Tucher said...

THE IPCRESS FILE and FUNERAL IN BERLIN. He dials it down brilliantly to portray an outwardly drab little bureaucrat.

I saw a biography of Caine a few years ago and learned that he is a Korean War veteran who was very much in harm's way.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Tend to forget the US was not in Korea alone.
I love those two, Al. Hard to choose. And DIRTY ROTTEN SCANDALS is always fun to rewatch.

Deb said...

Yes--my Dad was stationed with the British Army in the DMZ 1954/55. He met my mother because one of her friends had a boyfriend in the same barracks as my Dad and through them my parents became pen pals.

And thus I am here...

Bill Crider said...

Zulu, Get Carter, Ipcress File.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Have never seen ZULU.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I know if this was posted among another group of readers, many would choose CIDER HOUSE RULES. Just saying...

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I bet Phil would love ZULU.

Charles Gramlich said...

the one where he played the psychiatrist . was iWas it dressed to kill?

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, it was and that one scared me to death!

Richard R. said...

The first that comes to mind, and amazingly not yet mentioned, is SLEUTH.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love that one, too. That's what I meant about how hard it is to settle on just three.

Anders E said...

Get Carter, The Ipcress File, Mona Lisa.

Bubbling under: The Wrong Box, The Man Who Would Be King, Harry Brown, Hannah and Her Sisters

pattinase (abbott) said...

I'd forgotten he was in MONA LISA.

George said...

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
ZULU
THE BAT-MAN MOVIES

R.T. (Tim) said...

Richard is spot on. I'd have to find time for Sleuth. (Olivier ain't half bad either!)

Anonymous said...

THE IPCRESS FILE
SLEUTH
THE ITALIAN JOB

The latter film contains one of Caine's catchphrases. Organising a huge gold robbery, Caine watches as his men rehearse the job. After a bumbling henchman disintegrates an armoured van, MC cries in exasperation "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

If you saw THE TRIP and/or THE TRIP TO ITALY (can't remember which one it was), Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon do funny Caine impressions. That ITALIAN JOB line is one of their favorites and they repeat it several times.

Al Tucher said...

I just remembered a wonderful comedy called THE WRONG BOX. His range is extraordinary.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, I did like Caine in The Man Who Would be King! And in Alfie and Hannah.... He is really talented.

Benjamin Thomas said...

Just to add a few that I haven't seen mentioned:

Kingsman: The Secret Service
Blame it on Rio

and the unforgettable: Muppet's Christmas Carol.

Cap'n Bob said...

Zulu, Zulu, and Zulu.