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LONDON — British director Mike Hodges, who directed the gangster thriller Get Carter and the cult sci-fi movie Flash Gordon, has died. He was 90.
Hodges died at his dwelling in Dorset, southwest England on Saturday, pal and former producer Mike Kaplan informed British media on Wednesday. The reason for dying was not specified.
Born within the English port metropolis of Bristol in 1932, Hodges skilled as an accountant and served two years of obligatory navy service aboard a Royal Navy minesweeper visiting poor coastal communities in England.
“For 2 years, my middle-class eyes have been pressured to see horrible poverty and deprivation that I had not beforehand suspected,” he wrote in a letter to The Guardian earlier this yr.
This expertise influenced his characteristic debut, the 1971 thriller Get Carter, which he wrote and directed. In it, Michael Caine performed a gangster who returns to his hometown of Newcastle on the path of his brother’s killers. Remembered for its unwavering brutality, the colourful gritty places of North East England, and its jazzy music, it’s thought-about a British traditional.
Kane additionally starred in Hodges’ 1972 crime comedy Pulp. In 1974, Hodges directed the sci-fi thriller The Terminal, wherein George Segal performed a scientist who turns into violent after having electrodes implanted in his mind.
Set in opposition to the background of the sci-fi deluge brought on by the success of Star Wars, Flash Gordon was launched in 1980. Impressed by Nineteen Thirties journey comics, pop music movies and Expressionist cinema, the romp was a success in Britain and gained reputation. subsequent worldwide cult.
Hodges’ 1985 sci-fi comedy “Morons from Outer House” was much less profitable. His movies within the Nineteen Eighties additionally included A Prayer for the Dying, starring Mickey Rourke as a former IRA gunman, and Black Rainbow, starring Rosanna Arquette as a psychic focused by an murderer.
Late in his profession, Hodges achieved success within the 1998 drama The Seller, which gave Clive Owen his worldwide position as a London on line casino croupier. The movie initially flopped within the UK, however acquired rave opinions within the US and have become a success.
Owen additionally starred in Hodges’ final movie, I am going to Sleep Once I Die, which was launched in 2003.
Actor Brian Blessed, who starred in Flash Gordon, informed the BBC that Hodges had “a really sturdy character and a joyful, cheerful, good creativeness.”
Hodges is survived by spouse Carol Lowes, sons Ben and Jake, and several other grandchildren.