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Jack's Return Home

Jack's Return Home

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Many believed the crime was part of a failed attempt by the Kray twins to gain control of the Newcastle underworld.

So when his older brother dies in a car accident back home in Newcastle, even his bosses are nervous about his trip up north for the funeral. Add to that, at the midst of its story, it contained the unspoken dirty secret of the pornography trade.And Hodges’ film very much embodied that unique decade — and it sure went out of its way to say the Age of Aquarius was definitely over, didn’t it? Even by the time of filming, the houses around here were starting to begin their demolition, and this is evident in the film as the Land Rover travels up the street. As he puts it in his forward: “The poverty and depravation I witnessed in those hell holes blew the scales off my bourgeois eyes forever.

The town with no name became the fading industrial center of Newcastle (or Newcastle Upon Tyne, as it is now known).The book was one of many violent pulp thrillers written in the sixties and seventies that capitalised on the increasing promiscuity of the time.

Though Jack is a hard man, his hardness has been molded about him, poisoning him since youth, and the reader gets to delve deep into his troubled soul as he releases all the wrath of his vengeance, doing so in the name of his family, even though he is sacrificing everything he has in the process. Apart from having sex with Audrey, he seems most happy with a cup of tea and a copy of the Daily Express. Hodges depended upon Michael Caine’s physicality and acting expressions to try and get around that fact.As well, here the ‘establishment’ (the underworld) the audience sees is as corrupt and mean as it gets.

There were a number of streets parallel to each other, and they were named after members of the influential local Buddle and Atkinson families – Gerald, Hugh, Emily, Clara, Joan, Ethel, Frank, Caroline and Maria. On occasion, he reminisces about his early youth – the last happy time he knew, we suspect – when he and Frank got on their bikes and explored the woods and wastelands on the outskirts of town. She attracted Hodges' attention not just for her good looks but for her work on Alun Owen's television plays Stella and Doreen. The problem with source material is that if you don’t see it first you don’t know that it started everything.Since then the smelters whose bricks stacks stuck up tall against a gloomy mountain to the south had yellow-smoked everything into uniform dinginess. Jack's presence in the town causes unease among the local crime families, who fear that his snooping will interfere with their underworld operations.



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