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The Baker (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Thriller | 26 May 2008 (Spain)
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A hit man has second thoughts about his career and seeks refuge from his boss by finding work as a baker in a rural Welsh village.


Gareth Lewis


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Milo 'The Baker' Shakespeare
Kate Ashfield ... Rhiannon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Bjorn
Dyfan Dwyfor Dyfan Dwyfor ... Eggs
Anthony O'Donnell ... Rhys Edwards
Steve Speirs ... Bryn
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ... Bob
William Thomas ... Alun Thomas
Michael Gambon ... Leo
Nicholas Rowe ... Businessman
Simon Winkler Simon Winkler ... Bodyguard
Robert Page Robert Page ... Stan
Adrian Sturges ... Clerk
Annette Badland ... Martha Edwards
Philip Howe Philip Howe ... Gareth Llewellyn


A hit man has second thoughts about his career and seeks refuge from his boss by finding work as a baker in a rural Welsh village.

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It's a recipe for disaster.


Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some partial nudity, violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 2008 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassin in Love See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the movie, Damien Lewis' character is listening to a meditation recording. In the TV show, Life, Lewis plays an ex-con police officer who also listens to meditation recordings. See more »


The 3rd Generation Glock 17 handgun used by Milo (and later found by Eggs) is not "made almost entirely of plastic, making it undetectable by metal detectors" as claimed. It does have a polymer frame, but the slide (top portion), barrel and internals are all made of metal that would be easily detected by a metal detector. Also, while considerably quieter, a suppressed 9mm handgun is still much louder than depicted in most movies to include this one. See more »


[first lines]
Man: [in recording] In a moment, when I say the number three, you will enter a state of deep relaxation. All the stresses and worries of the day will fall away, and you will feel completely relaxed. As you fall towards a feeling of tremendous well being, deeper and deeper, one... deeper, two... deeper, three
Milo 'The Baker' Shakespeare: [flips the recording off]
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References Le Samouraï (1967) See more »


Let me (let you be your lover)
Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
Performed by Jimmy 'Bo' Horne
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wacky but needs more jokes
9 April 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Assassin Milo (Damian Lewis) is having second thoughts about his latest target when rival Bjorn (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) takes the shot. Their organization assigns his termination to Bjorn. Milo escapes into the Welsh countryside to property owned by his mentor Leo (Michael Gambon). He's burying his gun case when he is hit by an exploding sheep head. After cared for by Rhiannon (Kate Ashfield), he is mistaken for a baker taking on the alias Milo Shakespeare. Eggs is a local youth who blew up the sheep and stolen his guns. Soon, rumors of Milo as a hired assassin spread and some people actually have jobs for him.

The town folks are dark and wacky but not necessarily funny. They are not that appealing. This is a dark comedy which needs more comedy. Damian Lewis has great dead-pan mannerisms. He's able to inject some quirkiness but he needs a comedic partner. This has potential for something outrageously funny but it never really gets there.

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