Hodges, Caine and Get Carter producer Michael Klinger formed the production company Three Michaels.
Get Carter writer and director Mike Hodges has died at the age of 90.
Longtime friend and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead producer Mike Kaplan confirmed Hodges’ death on December 20. Hodges died of heart failure on December 17 at his home in Dorset, England. He is survived by his wife, Carol Laws, two sons, Ben and Jake Hodges, and five grandchildren.
Hodges directed the gangster thriller novel adaptation Get Carter, which starred Michael Caine as hitman Jack Carter, who investigates a pornography ring implicated in the murder of his brother. The 1971 neo-noir film was named one of the 100 Greatest British Films of All Time by Sight and Sound magazine in 1999.
Hodges and Caine formed the production company Three Michaels with Get Carter producer Michael Klinger. The trio returned for 1972’s Pulp, in which Caine played a bodice ripper hired by a former actor (Mickey Rooney) to ghostwrite his autobiography.
Hodges later directed The Terminal Man, Damien: Omen II, Black Rainbow, and A Prayer for the Dying, starring Mickey Rourke. Hodges twice collaborated with Clive Owen on Croupier and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. He also took over the science fiction film “Flash Gordon” in 1980, replacing Nicolas Roeg. Hodges told BFI in 2021 that he often asked Flash Gordon producer Dino De Laurentiis for feedback on his ideas.
“Around five in the afternoon, I said to Dino, ‘I have this idea,’ and he said, ‘Hey, Mike, I’ll think about it,'” Hodges said. “The next morning he came in and told me my idea. I would say: ‘Dino, you are a genius!’ We had this wonderful working relationship after I did that.”
Hodges also published the novel Watching the Wheels Come Off in 2009.
“It’s been about 10 years since I’ve done a film. The whole industry is in a state of flux right now, so I can’t really say it could be made now,” Hodges told BFI last year on the anniversary of Get Carter. “We’re talking about 50 years ago; they would see this milieu. You would know about it. Now I’m not sure if they would do that anymore. People who vote for Tory have certainly forgotten what, for example, Labor did. They have forgotten that the National Health Service came as a result of rejecting this kind of poverty and deprivation. But nowadays people forget all that. I don’t think most people are interested in history anymore.”
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