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Mr. Majestyk (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 July 1974 (USA)
A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

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Vietnam veteran Vince Majestyk just wants to grow his watermelons and live in peace on his farm. But the local mob boss has different ideas. When his workers are threatened Mr. Majestyk decides to lend them a hand but then the wrath of the mob is turned onto Mr. Majestyk himself. The poor mobsters don't stand a chance. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The whole movie was filmed entirely in the American state of Colorado. See more »

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When Majestyk visits his friend, Larry Mendoza, in the hospital after having both of his legs broken by Renda's henchmen there is no fluid dripping out of the IV bottle hanging beside him. See more »

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Vince Majestyk: [Last line] Hey Lieutenant, you were right he was really trying to kill me.
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Classic Bronson
24 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

One of the big stars of 70's cinema, Charles Bronson doesn't disappoint in Mr.Majestyk- an entertaining film which came on the heels of the critically successful "Death Wish". In this film, Bronson plays Vince Majestyk, a melon farmer who simply wants to bring in his crops on time. A local labor racketeer, Bobby Kopas (Paul Koslo) tries to exert pressure on Majestyk to use Kopas' work crew instead of the migrant workers Majestyk has hired. Unfazed by Kopas' threats, Majestyk knocks him down and drives him from the premises. As a result, he is thrown in jail on an assault charge.

Here, he meets up with Frank Renda (Al Lettieri), a mob boss who is planning an escape. The escape attempt goes awry and Majestyk alternately humiliates and abuses Renda while using him as a bargaining chip for his own freedom. Renda later escapes and spares no effort in seeking revenge on Majestyk.

The film moves nicely and never gets bogged down with unnecessary detail. This is a simple story about the "little guy" being wronged, and the enjoyment lies in watching both Kopas and Renda underestimate the guy they're bullying. Bronson plays his role with his usual quiet toughness, but it is Lettieri who stands out. His character is a vicious brute who makes it easy for us to root against him. Lettieri had several great roles (The Godfather, The Getaway, McQ) before his untimely death. Paul Koslo does his customary nice job in a character role, while Linda Cristal plays Bronson's love interest in a low-key dignified manner. Lee Purcell, Renda's "squeeze" is strictly eye candy.

Overall, classic 70's action cinema and an enjoyable watch.


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