Mike Hodges, Director Of ‘Flash Gordon’ And ‘Get Carter,’ Dies At 90

Mike Hodges, the director of “Get Carter” (1971) and “Flash Gordon” (1980), has died. He was 90.

Hodges died at his dwelling in Dorset, England, on Dec. 17, in response to ET. His buddy Mike Kaplan, who produced Hodges’ 2003 movie “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” confirmed his demise and referred to as Hodges “a great friend and a great filmmaker.”

“For a part of his career, he was underappreciated, and he is not anymore,” Kaplan instructed ET. “‘Get Carter’ was a huge success all over the world. He had a great sense of humor. All of his movies were entrenched with humor and personality.”

Born in Bristol in 1932, Hodges labored as an accountant earlier than obligatory army service aboard a Royal Navy minesweeper. Hodges wrote in The Guardian earlier this yr that his travels to impoverished islands like Hull irrevocably radicalized him.

“For two years, my middle-class eyes were forced to witness horrendous poverty and deprivation that I was previously unaware of,” wrote Hodges. “I went into the navy as a newly qualified chartered accountant and complacent young Tory, and came out an angry, radical young man.”

Hodges died at his dwelling in Dorset, England, on Dec. 17.

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Hodges later labored a teleprompter for ABC Weekend TV’s “Armchair Theatre,” and started to direct and produce exhibits of his personal all through the Nineteen Sixties. He tailored the Ted Lewis crime novel “Get Carter” right into a seminal 1971 movie starring Michael Caine.

“When I was asked to adapt Ted Lewis’s great book, I recognized that world [of horrendous poverty and deprivation] and attached my own experiences to it,” Hodges wrote in The Guardian. The adjectives describing the “Get Carter” world — sleazy, slimy, nasty — “could equally apply to … Britain,” he wrote.

“Get Carter” was hailed as Britain’s response to “The Godfather” and led the pair to reunite for “Pulp” in 1972, in response to The Guardian. Hodges’ adaptation of Michael Crichton’s “The Terminal Man” in 1974 left luminaries like Stanley Kubrick and Terrence Malick in awe.

“I have just come from seeing The Terminal Man and want you to know what a magnificent, overwhelming picture it is,” Malick wrote to Hodges. “Your images make me understand what an image is.”

Hodges managed to steer from the awful nihilism of “Get Carter” and “Pulp” to the pulpy and campy pop artwork of “Flash Gordon.” The 1980 area opera has since turn into a traditional, with fixed hypothesis a couple of remake.

Hodges' adaptation of "Get Carter" (1971) turned Michael Caine (left) into a movie star.
Hodges’ adaptation of “Get Carter” (1971) turned Michael Caine (left) right into a film star.

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Hodges returned to the crime style with “A Prayer for the Dying” (1987) and “Black Rainbow” (1989), however neither fared properly. His 1998 movie “Croupier,” starring Clive Owen, nonetheless, grew to become the highest-grossing impartial movie that yr within the U.S., in response to Selection.

Hodges teamed up with Owen yet another time for “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” in 2003. The movie — one other bleak exploration of Britain’s prison underworld — starred Malcolm McDowell because the villain.

Later, Hodges stopped making films and centered on gardening.

“He’s a rare bird in British cinema, and I’m just pleased he’s getting some recognition,” McDowell instructed The Guardian in 2003. “I’m pissed off that it’s taken 35 years, but that’s typical of England. We never realize what we’ve got until it’s almost too bloody late.”

Hodges is survived by his spouse Carol Legal guidelines, his sons Ben and Jake, and 5 grandchildren.