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 ... 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 »

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Did You Know?


Michael Keaton's directorial debut. 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

Excellent...until the unsatisfying ending.
1 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

No captions' flat affect unsatisfying ending

"The Merry Gentleman" is a very strange film. It also is a very unsatisfying one because I liked so much of it and the film's ending really did not deliver.

The film is about an unlikely friendship that develops between a suicidal assassin (Michael Keaton) and a woman, Kate (Kelly MacDonald), who has been abused by her partner. What links them is tenuous and the ending really, really not at all what I'd hoped. This is a real shame, as the movie, up until that point, has terrific and highly original. It also never really delved into Keaton's character well enough. His motivation, in particular, is confusing to say the least.

Overall, had the ending been better, this would have been an excellent film. As it is, the story could really have used a bit of work...though there is still enough to this story to make it worth seeing.

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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