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DIRECTOR MIKE HODGES BEATS MICHAEL CAINE TO A BREEZY 'PULP'

Michael Caine gets fiction in PULP Year: 1972 Rates: ***1/2

Director Mike Hodges and his GET CARTER anti-hero Michael Caine found the perfect antidote in PULP, a dark comedy in which a deliberately bad "gangster fiction" novelist becomes part of his own style of flimsy storytelling, narrating along in the Noir Gumshoe fashion... landing a plot/purpose after forty-minutes of anticipation for a has-been actor that Caine's slippery scribbler will ghostwrite an autobiography for... 

Enter Mickey Rooney as a George Raft/James Cagney type who, for no reason, annoys Caine immediately. Sure he's obnoxious but doesn't seem bad enough to steer the audience to dislike. Meanwhile, Hodges trades his dreary and dangerous GET CARTER Newcastle, England location for the sunny biblical-like island of Malta...

Replete with a typing pool of shocked secretaries transcribing King's erotic prose; Lionel Stander as Rooney's affable mafioso partner; a Lewis Carroll-quoting British gent; Noir veteran Lizabeth Scott as a Fascist candidate's sultry wife; stock ingenue Nadia Cassini as the stock ingenue; GODFATHER villain Al Lettieri as an enigmatic patsy and Al Pacino's GODFATHER II bodyguard Amerigo Tot as an idealistic communist (seeming to project the director's political sympathies): all reminding the main character and audience there's a movie going on that he's more stuck inside of than an integral part in. Which seems the entire purpose. Just do what Caine's Mickey King aka Guy Strange does — between the talky meantime and the sporadic sudden bursts of jarring, noisy violence, simply let go and go with it. 

"Outside I hailed a cab... Stop..." Michael Caine and unnamed hottie in PULP

Michael Caine and Al Lettieri in PULP

Lizabeth Scott in PULP
Michael Caine in PULP with Mickey Rooney
Michael Caine in PULP
Michael Caine in PULP
Amerigo Tot in PULP
Michael Caine in PULP
Aka Gary Rough aka Dan Wild aka Susan Eager aka Paul S. Cumming aka S. Odomy aka Dr. Or Gunn aka Les Bian
Italian bombshell Cristina Gaioni as 2nd Typist in PULP
Cristina Gaioni steps out to see Michael Caine in PULP
Swedish hottie Janet Agren with Leopoldo Trieste & Lionel Stander in PULP
Gorgeous coach hostess Irene Sophie Opperman in PULP
Al Lettieri and Michael Caine in PULP
Swedish hottie Janet Agren with as the secretary in PULP
Swedish hottie Janet Agren with as the secretary in PULP
Michael Caine, Nadia Cassini and Lionel Stander in PULP
Nadia Cassini sits poolside in Mike Hodges' PULP
"The cock crowing made me uneasy" Michael Caine in PULP
Sweeney 2 Malta-born actor Joe Zammit Cordina in Malta for PULP
Another Four-Letter Word for Mike Hodges' pulpy picture PULP
Nadia Cassini films within the film PULP by Mike Hodges
Mickey Rooney as Preston Gilbert in PULP
Michael Caine hails PULP as Mickey Rooney's credited
Double Artwork Covers for Dueling PULP artwork dammit
Double poster cover images for PULP
Get Carter and Pulp both end with a killing on the beach
Janet Agren with Lionel Stander in PULP
Michael Caine as Mikcey King in Mike Hodges' PULP
Neat poster artwork for Pulp aka Diary of a Gangster

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