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The Merry Gentleman (2008)

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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, ... See full summary »

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Michael Keaton

Writer:

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Keaton ... Frank Logan
Kelly Macdonald ... Kate Frazier
Tom Bastounes ... Dave Murcheson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kareem Bandealy Kareem Bandealy ... First Victim
Mike Bradecich ... Jerry
Debbi Burns ... Office Worker at Christmas Party
Maritza Cabrera ... Restaurant Patron
Bobby Cannavale ... Michael
Esther Claire Esther Claire ... Restaurant Patron
Idrees Degas ... Attorney
William Dick ... Mr. Weiss
Jay Disney ... Drunken Businessman
Mike Falevits Mike Falevits ... Guy at Party #1
Sean Fortunato Sean Fortunato ... Ted (as John Fortunato)
Shaun Gayle Shaun Gayle ... Doctor
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Storyline

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

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A man with a secret. A woman with a past. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A csendes bérgyilkos See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,981, 3 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$346,286, 26 July 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Ron Lazzeretti was also supposed to direct the film. But at the last minute, Lazzaretti suffered a ruptured appendix, and Michael Keaton offered to direct instead, rather then watch the film get cancelled. Keaton had long expressed an interest in directing, and this film seemed to be the perfect opportunity. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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 »

Connections

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

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Jingle Jangle Christmas
Written by Blaire Reinhard
Performed by Blaire Reinhard
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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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