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THE MERRY GENTLEMEN
USA: Samuel Goldwyn Films
UK: The Works UK Distribution
Cast: Michael Keaton, Kelly MacDonald, Tom Bastounes, Bobby Cannavale, Darlene Hunt, Guy Van Swearingen, William Dick, Larry Neumann Jr, Mike Bradecich
Director: Michael Keaton
USA: 110 mins
UK: 97 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some violence
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong violence and language
USA Release Date: 1 May 2009
UK Release Date: 4 December 2009 (Limited Release)
THE MERRY GENTLEMAN is an entertaining tale of forgiveness and redemption. It marks the directorial debut of Michael Keaton who stars alongside Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes, and Bobby Canavale. THE MERRY GENTLEMAN is a heady mix of suspense, gentle romance and quiet humor blending a hopeful spirit with a surprisingly dark heart.
The film tells the story of Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald), a young woman running away from a troubled marriage in the hopes to find anonymity with a new home and a new job in Chicago. When Kate meets Frank Logan (Michael Keaton), the two discover unexpected satisfaction in their mutual shared silence. Haunted by the troubling choices he has made, Frank finds a kindred spirit in the younger Kate, and, for a moment, the two seem destined to redeem and remake each other.
As the holidays and New Year pass against an urban landscape that seems both breathtakingly beautiful and starkly quiet, Kate and Frank's friendship becomes one of necessity and survival. But, neither lonely soul can escape the lives they have left behind. As events unfold and the painful truth slowly emerges, Frank is forced to face the man he truly is, while Kate struggles to become the woman she needs to be.