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For nearly twenty years after his boxing career ended Merle Hench works for Murdoch, the capo of a San Fernando mob outfit... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eric Roberts ... Merle Hench

Robert Davi ... Murdoch

Keith David ... Larry Cobb

Geoffrey Lewis ... Naylor

Irina Björklund ... Jackie

Paul Dillon ... Doyle

Jerry Trimble ... Eddie Hellstrom

Michael Ironside ... Teddy Carmichael

Bokeem Woodbine ... Chinatown Pete

Guillermo Díaz ... Owen Geiger

Julie Carmen ... Rose

Vernon Wells ... 1970's IRA Commander (as Vernon Maxwell)
Maddy Howard ... Waitress
Anthony V. Pugliese III ... The Man from Reno

Duane Whitaker ... Car Buyer
Joe Hess ... Pearl

Timothy V. Murphy ... Tyke (as Tim Murphy)
Charles Arthur Berg ... 'Loco' Charlie

Garrett Warren ... Sue

Mark Stefanich ... Dutch

Charles W. Crowe Jr. ... Christian

John Saint Ryan ... Illegal Surgeon
Luke LaFontaine ... Mad Mike

Nils Allen Stewart ... El Paso

Ted J. Pryor ... Maguire (as Thad 'Ted' Pryor)
Freddy Champagne ... Maguire's Accomplice
Stewart Wilson ... Rhino Bouncer

Maureen Fewel ... Fired & Rehired
Gabriela DeBroux ... Both at Once

Rebekah Salgado ... 1980's Carmelita

Roslyn Cohn ... Cougar on the Stairs
Jose Vasquez ... Geiger's Cohort

Dan Southworth ... Traffic Cop (as Daniel Southworth)
Ron Léroy ... Terry the Bouncer

Matthew R. Anderson ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen (as Matt Anderson)

Jesse James Youngblood ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen

Anthony Vitale ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen

Hugh Daly ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen
Norman Whipple ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen

George O'Kreenke ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen (as George O'Krenke)
A.J. Barrios ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen
Malcom K. Hawk ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen (as Kyle Hambi)

Mike Wilson ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen

Jason S. Gray ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen (as Jason Gray)
Sean Davi ... 1970's Murdoch

Dominiquie Vandenberg ... 1970's IRA Member
Paul Cullen ... 1970's IRA Member

Jesse V. Johnson ... 1970's IRA Member
Jasmine White-Killins ... Spearmint Rhino Dancer (as Jasmine)

Diana Terranova ... Spearmint Rhino Dancer

Sandy Sunshine ... Spearmint Rhino Dancer
Kiki ... Spearmint Rhino Dancer

Bruna Rubio ... Spearmint Rhino Dancer
Phylis Evenson ... Diner Patron
Kerry Song ... Dancer
Lillianna Munro Johnson ... Diner Patron
Violet Boudicca Johnson ... Diner Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

April Montgomery ... Bartender

Vitta Quinn ... Spearmint Rhino Dancer

Terence J. Rotolo ... 1970's IRA Lieutenant
Camille Calvin ... Chinatown Pete's Girl (uncredited)
Mark Day ... Rhino Bouncer (uncredited)
Marc De'Antone ... Actor / Reno's Man #2 (uncredited)

Joshua Lou Friedman ... Thug (uncredited)

Russell Gannon ... Murdoch's Core Henchmen (uncredited)
Jeffrey Scott Jones ... Parking Valet (uncredited)

Gregory Stone ... Waiter (uncredited)
Damon Viola ... Reno's Man #3 (uncredited)

Jesse Wilde ... High Roller (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesse V. Johnson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jesse V. Johnson  written by

Produced by
Charles Arthur Berg .... producer
Charles W. Crowe Jr. .... associate producer
Bill J. Gottlieb .... consulting producer
Ted J. Pryor .... executive producer
Anthony V. Pugliese III .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marcello De Francisci 
Cinematography by
Robert Hayes 
Film Editing by
Ken Blackwell 
Casting by
Pam Bouvier  (as Pam Gilles)
Valerie McCaffrey 
Production Design by
John Larena 
Costume Design by
Glenn Gregory Krah 
Stacy Ellen Rich (re-shoots)
Makeup Department
Andrew Baier .... makeup artist
Alex Noble .... special makeup effects artist
Galaxy San Juan .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ric Smith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Damico .... second second assistant director
Dara Etzel .... second assistant director
Joshua Lou Friedman .... second assistant director: additional photography
Sazzy Lee Calhoun .... first assistant director (as Sazzy Aiken)
Paul Silver .... first assistant director (additional photography)
David Thienes .... second second assistant director
Garrett Warren .... second unit director
Sound Department
Daniel Guerra .... sound mixer
Daniel Guerra .... sound recordist
Zachary Herries .... foley artist
Zachary Herries .... foley recordist
Mychal Herron .... sound effects editor
P. Daniel Newman .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Wagner Fulco .... digital compositor
Hugh Daly .... stunts
Mark Day .... stunts
Jason S. Gray .... stunts
Luke LaFontaine .... stunts
Reuben Langdon .... stunt double: Eric Roberts
J.J. Perry .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Jeremiah Vaughn .... stunt performer
Anthony Vitale .... stunts
Mike Wilson .... stunts
Jesse James Youngblood .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen Achterberg .... first assistant camera: pickup unit
George Abbott Clark .... director: editor: Behind the scenes video short
Jeremy Graham .... gaffer
Jonathan Hall .... director of photography: second unit
Benjamin Longsworth .... first assistant camera: second unit
Johan Martínez .... camera loader
Dustin Penrod .... grip
Christina Presley .... digital utility
Jason Sachse .... electrician
Hunter Sandison .... second assistant camera
Joseph Segura .... electrician
Robert Shoemaker .... Steadicam operator
Robert Shoemaker .... best boy electric
Robert Shoemaker .... camera operator: "c" camera
Jack L. Zeman .... still photographer
Casting Department
Carmen Betancourt .... extras casting
Music Department
Marcello De Francisci .... music scoring mixer
Micki Stern .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Shay Morgan Brook .... driver
Theodore Giapapas .... transportation captain
Kanan Gubins .... driver
Other crew
Jeffrey Bell .... production assistant
Carmen Cabana .... production intern
Hank Grover .... production coordinator: re-shoots
Torrence Hall .... armorer
Spurgeon James .... production assistant
Jason Michael Lopez .... production assistant
Sue McGraw .... production accountant (as Crystal 'Sue' McGraw)
Kari Montgomery .... script supervisor
Aaron Paustian .... production assistant
John Santos .... production coordinator
Mike Tristano .... master armorer

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut version) | Germany:18 (cut version) | Germany:16 (heavily cut version) | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated

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Revealing mistakes: After Merle and Jackie steal the car from the Sportsman Hotel and are on their way to see Murdoch, its clear that the driving scene is green screened and the reflection in the shop windows is a silver SUV and not the car that they stole.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Cool, Gritty, Hardboiled Action Movie, 30 October 2010
Author: Bob_the_Hobo

Eric Roberts is Hench, a henchman for a crime boss played by Robert Davi. After several loyal years to Davi's character, things go wrong when Hench gets ambushed during a shakedown. Unlike most movies, however, Hench ends up with some big money and a girl (the beautiful Irina Bjorklund), and plots his bullet-riddled revenge against Davi and the men who crossed him.

"The Butcher" was pretty sweet. You can tell that the films director, the up and coming Jesse V. Johnson, is experienced behind the camera. He knows what an audience (in this case mostly male) wants to see; Action. And that's what you get with The Butcher, Eric Roberts shooting his way out of a life he's tired of squandering. The action is terrific, the sets are cool, and the overall effect is a nicely done action piece.

Roberts does a great job, convincingly playing a cool, badass henchman. For once he doesn't overplay the role, instead he's cool as can be, even when the bullets fly. Irina Bjorklund is a great up and comer as well. Davi fills a great performance as the film's antagonist, a major crime boss who's about to go down. Keith David, Bokeem Woodbine, and a small appearance by Michael Ironside round out the cast, all in terrific performances.

Overall a very cool action movie.

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