Mike Hodges, the British director of Get Carter, Flash Gordon and Croupier, died in Dorset, England on Saturday. He was 90.
Mike Kaplan — Hodge’s longtime friend and producer of “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” — announced the news on Tuesday, Variety reported. A cause of death was not announced.
Hodges had a long career as a screenwriter of British gangster crime dramas including Get Carter (1971); “Pulp” a year later; and “Croupier” in 1998; and “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” in 2003.
“Pulp” was named one of the top 10 films of the year by the New York Times and Time Magazine.
Hodges’ 1980 version of Flash Gordon achieved cult status, as did 1985’s genre parody Morons From Outer Space.
“Mike Hodges, director of FLASH GORDON, has passed away. Finally saw this film during the pandemic and it brought me so much joy. I’ve watched it a few times since then. Nothing else like it. Rest In Peace Sir,” screenwriter of The Secret Life of Pets. Brian Lynch tweeted on Tuesday.
Born in Bristol on 29 July 1932, Hodges was an accountant who served for two years on a Royal Navy minesweeper in fishing ports in northern England.
There, as he explained in a letter to The Guardian, he “witnessed terrible poverty and deprivation of which I was previously ignorant,” which influenced “Get Carter,” starring Michael Caine.
“I entered the Navy as a newly qualified chartered accountant and a smug young Tory and came out an angry, radical young man,” he wrote.
Hodges also published a novel called Watching the Wheels Come Off in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Carol Laws; his sons Ben and Jake Hodges; and five grandchildren, Marlon, Honey, Orson, Michael and Gabriel.
The Post reached out to a Hodges representative for comment.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/mike-hodges-british-director-of-get-carter-flash-gordon-dead-at-90/ Mike Hodges, British director of Get Carter, Flash Gordon, has died at the age of 90