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The Butcher (2009)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 14 July 2009 (USA)
For nearly twenty years after his boxing career ended Merle Hench works for Murdoch, the capo of a San Fernando mob outfit. Merle spends his days cracking heads and collecting debts, it is ... See full summary »

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Jesse V. Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Maddy Howard ... Waitress
Anthony V. Pugliese III Anthony V. Pugliese III ... The Man from Reno
Duane Whitaker ... Car Buyer
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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. Merle spends his days cracking heads and collecting debts, it is not a job he enjoys. Cool, calm and collected, soft spoken even, Merle's an anachronism, a man out of place and out of time. His Boss thinks Merle has outlived his usefulness and is expendable. So they set him up to take the fall for a multi-million $ heist of a rival mob boss. A habitual gambler on a 20 year losing streak, Merle's luck turns as he survives the trap and winds up with a piece of the take and the girl. Merle might have been content to just disappear and spend his windfall with Jacqueline. But the betrayal of his loyalty for 20 years snapped something inside. Merle Hench, otherwise known as the Butcher is slow to anger yet quick to act, he's learned to live and let live to keep on going, but not this time. Everyone thought his nickname was a joke, what they didn't know was that Merle ... Written by The Film Catalogue

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Enemies See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Merle kept saying the charger was a original 69 charger. To bad its actually a 71/72 charger. See more »

Goofs

When The Butcher considers selling his muscle car, he advertises it to the potential buyer that this is a 1969 Charger. This is not correct, as the body styling and interior featured on his car wasn't introduced until 1971. (It's either a 1971 or 1972 model.) See more »


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Tramp
Written by Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin
Performed by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
Courtesy of Alco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Cool, Gritty, Hardboiled Action Movie
30 October 2010 | by Bob_the_HoboSee all my reviews

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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