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The Merry Gentleman (2008)

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A woman leaves an abusive husband to start a new life in Chicago, where she befriends a man undergoing an emotional crisis, who she does not know is a professional killer, and a detective, who is investigating the hit man.


Michael Keaton


Ron Lazzeretti
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Frank Logan
Kelly Macdonald ... Kate Frazier
Bobby Cannavale ... Michael
Kareem Bandealy Kareem Bandealy ... Guy at Tavern (Victim #1)
Darlene Hunt ... Diane
Philip Earl Johnson Philip Earl Johnson ... Mr. Haag
Rich Wilkie Rich Wilkie ... Executive
Keith Kupferer ... Cop
Tom Bastounes ... Dave Murcheson
Guy Van Swearingen Guy Van Swearingen ... Billy Goldman
Larry Neumann Jr. ... Lester
William Dick ... Mr. Weiss
Lori Ann Gerdisch ... Female Co-Worker
Greg Mills ... Steve
Mike Bradecich ... Jerry (as Michael J. Bradecich)


A woman leaves an abusive relationship to begin a new life in a new city, where she forms an unlikely and ironic relationship with a suicidal hitman (unbeknownst to her). Enter a worn, alcoholic detective to form the third party in a very unusual triangle as this story begins to unfold. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A man with a secret. A woman with a past. United by chance. They will find what's missing in each other. Fate never misses its target. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Kate says she and Frank are like peas in a pod. Michael Keaton said something similar in Beetlejuice (1988). See more »


In the hospital room on Christmas Day, Frank Logan is holding the cup of water in the medium shot, but in the long shots, it is setting on the table. See more »


Frank Logan: I found a girl under a tree.
Kate Frazier: Sorry?
Frank Logan: You find presents under a tree. I found a girl.
Kate Frazier: You must have been a very good boy.
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Crazy Credits

[SPOILER] After Frank changes his mind about suicide, a scene plays out over the end credits where he's seen walking off into the distance. See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 4 December 2009 (2009) See more »


Jingle Jangle Christmas
Written by Blaire Reinhard
Performed by Blaire Reinhard
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User Reviews

Enjoyable film noire, with twists and turns to keep one guessing.
7 March 2013 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie for a couple of reasons. Michael Keaton played a really good hit man, and the movie style I thought was a throwback to the 1950's era movies that were crime related. The movie had that very dark and moody style, with a great edge to the movie style. It keeps you anticipating what is going to happen next.

The movie also had a plot with the damsel in distress running away from her abusive relationship. You just knew her ex-lover was going to cross paths with her again at some point. I also thought Michael Keaton did an admirable job of directing himself in the movie, and providing his cast with opportunities to share the stage with him and also have a good performance. Bobby Cannavale played the frustrated and sometimes violent ex-lover, with a troubled soul. On the down side, the movie was a bit slow during certain parts, but the ending was better than I actually expected and was a nice surprise. This movie is well worth a watch and I would recommend seeing it.

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Release Date:

4 December 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Merry Gentleman See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,981, 3 May 2009

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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