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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

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)
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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:

The Merry Gentleman 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

Gross USA:

$347,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$347,977
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kelly Macdonald and Bobby Cannavale appeared on Boardwalk Empire (2010). 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

[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 »

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

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Jingle Jangle Christmas
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Saw it at Sundance
1 March 2008 | by mogsgameSee all my reviews

The Merry Gentleman (Dir: Michael Keaton): The word on the "street" (or shuttle) was "eh" for Keaton's directorial debut, as it was for other gems like "Quid Pro Quo" and "The Escapist". That's too bad, especially considering hot tickets like "The Great Buck Howard" were underwhelming compared to the lower-profile films. The Merry Gentleman is slow paced, yes, but that's an attribute. Keaton doesn't rush anything in his story of a lonely young woman (Kelly McDonald) who is the locus of desire for several men, including her ex-husband (a great Bobby Cannavale), an alcoholic cop, and a suicidal hit-man (Keaton). He honors the complexity of the situation with an ending as open ended as it is authentic. It is a glowingly photographed, impeccably performed magical realist drama, one that I'm glad exists in a market where it cannot thrive (just like the best Alan Rudolph films). Taking place during two of the loneliest holidays (Christmas and Valentine's day), The Merry Gentleman is also a great religious film, movingly detailing McDonald's faith as she in turn becomes a figure of worship for men with a variety of intentions. It even ends with a resurrection. As a primer on our ability to "save" each other, this is nothing less than rapturous, and Keaton infuses the frame with snow, fluorescent light, and human encounters that match the melancholic beauty of the frame. With Game 6 and this film, Keaton has proved to be one of our most reliable and literate actors. He is also a knockout director. ****


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