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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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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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never gamble when you are desperate ...

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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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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

After Merle and Jackie steal the car from the Sportsman Hotel and are on their way to see Murdoch, its clear that the driving scene is green screened and the reflection in the shop windows is a silver SUV and not the car that they stole. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Eric Roberts and a bunch of character actors in a meaningless movie..
3 August 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"The Butcher" gets high marks for a high body count, in other words lots of bang bang, but little else. Eric Roberts is his usual dependable quirky self, and it's nice to see Robert Davi and Geoffrey Lewis getting some work. This is however a very shallow movie, with everything revolving around the ultra violent scenes. The whole film has almost zero meaning. Eric Roberts never changes his sport coat throughout the entire movie, and really the movie never changes either. It is nothing more than just another weak plotted shoot em up, with little or no character development. I say avoid unless you need to see a bunch of seldom used actors in a meaningless movie. - MERK


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