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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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Storyline

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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never gamble when you are desperate ...

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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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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Green Eyed Lady
Written by Jerry Corbetta, J.C. Phillips (as John Phillips), David Riordan
Performed by Sugarloaf
Courtesy of Capital Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Letdown
18 October 2010 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

The Butcher has a decent cast and a promising story line, but fails to deliver due to a crummy script and too unrealistic action scenes.

The wording of the plot outline is indicative of the incoherent bombastic dialogue in this film, it makes practically all actors appear wooden and insincere.

A lot of the budget was thrown at bloody shootouts, but no attention was paid to making them even a little realistic. In most shootouts the henchmen just stand upright blazing away without seeking cover or even actually trying to hit the protagonist. In another shootout the bad guys insist on shooting above the furniture behind which the hero is hiding. Not even film goons are that stupid.

These flaws ruin what otherwise could have been a palatable action film.


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