The 90-year-old British director Mike Hodges, whose works include Get Carter, Croupier, The Terminal Man, and Flash Gordon, has died at the age of 90.
Hodges’ death was verified to the Guardian by Mike Kaplan, a devoted friend, and producer of his final feature film, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Hodges passed away on Saturday at his Dorset home. No specific cause of death was revealed.
Get Carter (1971) and Pulp (1972), followed by Croupier (1998) and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (his final picture), served as the bookends for Hodges’ career (2003). Additionally, he made the campy cult favorite Flash Gordon.
But his abilities eventually led to him producing and helping news and documentary shows. In 1969 and 1970, he wrote, directed, and produced the thrillers Rumour and Suspect for ITV Playhouse. As a result, he was asked to adapt Ted Lewis’ book, Get Carter.
Michael Caine portrays the titular London mobster who seeks his own brand of vengeance when his brother is killed in Newcastle, set against a working-class backdrop in northern England. Get Carter, which was first released in 1971 and quickly became popular, was seen as England’s equivalent to The Godfather.
The 1978 horror movie Damien: Omen 2, which Hodges co-wrote and was slated to direct, was abandoned by Hodges after three weeks on set. Hodges stated that during a contentious discussion about budgets, a producer pulled out a loaded revolver and placed it on the table.
Hodges was then called in to complete the space opera Flash Gordon in 1980. When director Nicolas Roeg departed the production.
Mike Hodges was married to Jean Hodges from 1963-1982. He later got married to Carol Laws. He has 2 sons, Ben and Jake Hodges, and 5 grandchildren; Marlon, Honey, Orson, Michael, and Gabriel.
As of 2023, Mike Hodge has an estimated net worth of at least $1.43 million.
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