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The Merry Gentleman (2008)

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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Unlike the other characters, Frank (Michael Keaton) never asks Kate (Kelly Macdonald) how she got a black eye. 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 »


Kate Frazier: [refering to her abusive husband] "I hope he has found God. I just wish he hadn't found me."
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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

This quiet, slow moving little masterpiece is well worth watching
29 October 2009 | by socrates99See all my reviews

It's amazing what a good group of actors can do under superior direction. I'd almost forgotten. Usually I favor movies for their story, but this movie's story is a bit light. Still, what's there is made all the more engaging by the terrific performances, starting with the two leads. Kelly MacDonald is especially effective, but so is Michael Keaton who manages to bring some convincing emotional reality to the hit man genre despite having directorial duties to perform as well.

The pace is slow but it's rich with detail and nuance to the point you'll feel as if you're really there. Some movie scenes seem to suspend the reality of the camera and lights for those key moments, but here the entire movie seems unusually realistic and unaffected. It's got to be Keaton's doing which makes me hope he finds another project he'd like to tackle soon. Saw this on DVD tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not for the shallow or those only looking for a laugh. Be attentive and respectful and you'll come away a bit better for the experience.

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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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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