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Icons - Caine: Harry Brown
Icons - Caine: Harry Brown
Icons - Caine: Harry Brown

Icons – Caine: Harry Brown

The first time I watched Harry Brown I went in blind. All I’d heard was Michael Cain played an OAP vigilante, going up against the annoying rapper Plan B as he tries his hand at acting. With knowledge like this it was a 5...
 
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Icons – Caine: Sleuth
Icons – Caine: Sleuth
Icons – Caine: Sleuth

Icons – Caine: Sleuth

How quite to approach this remake/reimagining of the Anthony Schaffer play, updated by Harold Pinter? Caine himself, in his book The Elephant to Hollywood, claims that this film is not a remake of the original film. As much as ...
 

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Icons - Caine: Quills
Icons - Caine: Quills
Icons - Caine: Quills

Icons – Caine: Quills

  Quills is based on the life and works of legendary filth-monger the Marquis de Sade (played with seductive relish by the always impressive Geoffrey Rush), and is one of Michael Caine’s first films of the 21st century. Althoug...
 
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Icons – Caine: The Cider House Rules
Icons – Caine: The Cider House Rules
Icons – Caine: The Cider House Rules

Icons – Caine: The Cider House Rules

  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Michael Caine. He’s a British institution, a saarf London boy done good. His career spans half a century and in that time he’s been awarded two Academy Awards, the second of which was for ...
 

Caine
 
Icons – Caine: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
Icons – Caine: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
Icons – Caine: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol

Icons – Caine: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol

Everyone loves a good Christmas film right? There’s nothing better to put you in the Christmas mood than snuggling down on the sofa and watching Miracle on 34th Street, Elf or Home Alone. There’s a certain kind of person in my ...
 
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Icons - Caine: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Icons - Caine: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Icons - Caine: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Icons – Caine: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opens with Michael Caine. We never see his face, only his waistline as he carries out a discussion with an also unseen lady acquaintance. The characters move back and forth with only the tone of their vo...
 

Caine
 
Icons - Caine: Hannah And Her Sisters
Icons - Caine: Hannah And Her Sisters
Icons - Caine: Hannah And Her Sisters

Icons – Caine: Hannah And Her Sisters

In 1986 Michael Caine won an Oscar for his performance in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, but his commitment to the filming of Jaws: the Revenge prevented him from collecting the award in person. Jaws: the Revenge ranks a...
 
Caine
 
Harry Palmer - Caine: Funeral In Berlin
Harry Palmer - Caine: Funeral In Berlin
Harry Palmer - Caine: Funeral In Berlin

Harry Palmer – Caine: Funeral In Berlin

Funeral in Berlin really is a film of two halves. The first is a terrific story with engaging characters, interesting dialogue and twists that are both unexpected and beautifully realised. The second is direction that is limp, ...
 

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Icons - Caine: Educating Rita
Icons - Caine: Educating Rita
Icons - Caine: Educating Rita

Icons – Caine: Educating Rita

Michael Caine and Julie Walters come together to bring a transformation of Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita to the big screen, bringing authenticity and chemistry to the roles of Dr Frank Bryant and Rita respectively. Rita i...
 
Caine
 
Icons – Caine: Dressed to Kill
Icons – Caine: Dressed to Kill
Icons – Caine: Dressed to Kill

Icons – Caine: Dressed to Kill

When asked why on Earth he took the part in The Swarm, Michael Caine famously answered: “My mum needed a new house.” Caine has never been ashamed of being a jobbing actor, a role that involves staying busy and taking parts as t...
 

Caine
 
Icons - Caine: The Man Who Would Be King
Icons - Caine: The Man Who Would Be King
Icons - Caine: The Man Who Would Be King

Icons – Caine: The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King is the unlikely, but fascinating, adventure (or misadventure) of two mischievous and scheming ex-British Army officers in late 19th century British India who go off into the wilderness in search of glo...
 
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Icons - Caine: Sleuth
Icons - Caine: Sleuth
Icons - Caine: Sleuth

Icons – Caine: Sleuth

Sleuth is undeniably one of my favourite films, but in many ways it isn’t a film at all. The mixture of intense, character-driven drama and puzzling riddles make it more like a cross between a two-man play and the Observer cryp...
 

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Icons - Caine: Get Carter
Icons - Caine: Get Carter
Icons - Caine: Get Carter

Icons – Caine: Get Carter

  Get Carter, a film good enough to deserve a remake. A remake bad enough not to deserve a UK release. But, the quality of Stallone’s attempt as Jack Carter was not the reason it wasn’t released in the UK. It wasn’t released be...
 
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Icons - Caine: The Italian Job
Icons - Caine: The Italian Job
Icons - Caine: The Italian Job

Icons – Caine: The Italian Job

In the 60s Michael Caine was just beginning his career as a leading man. His break out role in Zulu landed him bigger scripts and, in 1965, Alfie won him an Oscar nomination.  However, he was still a high risk leading man witho...
 

Caine
 
Icons - Caine: Alfie
Icons - Caine: Alfie
Icons - Caine: Alfie

Icons – Caine: Alfie

  What makes Alfie so interesting is its convoluted and troubled protagonist and the year it was released, 1966. The 60s were a time of dramatic, cultural change and no film depicts this better than Alfie. It offered a perfect ...
 
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Icons – Caine: The Ipcress File
Icons – Caine: The Ipcress File
Icons – Caine: The Ipcress File

Icons – Caine: The Ipcress File

With the recent critical and commercial success of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I can only hope that people will seek out similar films and rediscover, or possibly even encounter for the first time, the wonderful The Ipcress File...
 

Caine
 
Icons – Caine: Zulu
Icons – Caine: Zulu
Icons – Caine: Zulu

Icons – Caine: Zulu

  Although not starring Michael Caine, Zulu pointed him out as a future star for the 60s. The unusual aspect of Caine’s role in his film is that he is not playing the Londoner that would mark him out in his role as anti-Bond ag...