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The Butcher (2009)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 14 July 2009 (USA)
For nearly twenty years after his boxing career ended Merle Hench works for Murdoch, the capo of a San Fernando mob outfit. Merle spends his days cracking heads and collecting debts, it is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Cobb
Eddie Hellstrom
Chinatown Pete
Owen Geiger
1970's IRA Commander (as Vernon Maxwell)
Anthony V. Pugliese III ...
The Man from Reno
Car Buyer


For nearly twenty years after his boxing career ended Merle Hench works for Murdoch, the capo of a San Fernando mob outfit. Merle spends his days cracking heads and collecting debts, it is not a job he enjoys. Cool, calm and collected, soft spoken even, Merle's an anachronism, a man out of place and out of time. His Boss thinks Merle has outlived his usefulness and is expendable. So they set him up to take the fall for a multi-million $ heist of a rival mob boss. A habitual gambler on a 20 year losing streak, Merle's luck turns as he survives the trap and winds up with a piece of the take and the girl. Merle might have been content to just disappear and spend his windfall with Jacqueline. But the betrayal of his loyalty for 20 years snapped something inside. Merle Hench, otherwise known as the Butcher is slow to anger yet quick to act, he's learned to live and let live to keep on going, but not this time. Everyone thought his nickname was a joke, what they didn't know was that Merle ... Written by The Film Catalogue

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When The Butcher considers selling his muscle car, he advertises it to the potential buyer that this is a 1969 Charger. This is not correct, as the body styling and interior featured on his car wasn't introduced until 1971. (It's either a 1971 or 1972 model.) See more »


Written by Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin
Performed by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
Courtesy of Alco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Great throw-back to the basics
7 February 2016 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

I gave this a solid 9 for me. I REALLY enjoyed it. I have watched it several times, I liked the story of an over the hill guy who needs a break and isn't getting it. His mobster boss considers him past it and treats him with disrespect. Then the movie takes off and is as merciless as you will get. I watched the unrated version and it was definitely extra gritty and bloody. I own both and even without the ultra violence the R vision is a good watch. Eric Roberts plays his character to a tee and we can't help but feel for him as he navigates thru the game set in play. I deliberately stayed away from spoilers since its got a few twists and turns well seeing for the first time watching the movie.

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