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The Majestic (2001)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  21 December 2001 (USA)
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Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.



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Carl Leffert / Head of the Studio


Peter Appleton is an ambitious young screenwriter working for HHS Studios during Hollywood's Golden Age, 1951 in particular. "Ashes to Ashes" is about to be released, and he's dating the attractive movie star, Sandra Sinclair. Just when everything seems to be going his way, it is discovered he (unwittingly) attended a Communist meeting during college when pulled there by his girlfriend at the time, and thus heavy suspicion settles over him and he'll have to stand before Congress. Afraid of what might happen if they don't, HHS cancels Appleton's contract and aborts the release date of the film. Appleton promptly begins to wallow in self-pity and spends nearly an entire night at a bar, then drives intoxicated through the streets of the California course until plummeting into a stormy river and getting knocked unconscious. Washing up on the beaches of a small town called Lawson. Although the people there are pleasant and likable, the town is depressed and lifeless due to having lost 62 ... Written by Bloggers!

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes your life comes into focus one frame at a time.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bijou  »

Box Office


$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,366,207 (USA) (21 December 2001)


$27,796,042 (USA) (8 March 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Frank Darabont:  [Heywood Floyd]  Heywood and Floyd are the names of two studio executives. Heywood Floyd is a space explorer in books and movies written by Arthur C. Clarke, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and 2010 (1984). The studio guard named Hal, played by Brian Libby, is a possible reference to the sentient computer from the same Clarke stories. See more »


The diesel locomotive pulling the train that Pete is riding back to Lawson near the end of the movie is a later model Electro Motive Division GP (general purpose) engine that was not available until the mid-60s. Diesel engines were certainly available in the early-1950s, but not that model. See more »


[first lines]
Studio Executive: What about the kid?
Studio Executive: What kid?
Studio Executive: You know, the kid who rings the bell.
Studio Executive: What kid? What bell? What are you talking about?
Studio Executive: The kid. After the mine caves in. The kid. He runs up the hill. He rings the bell to alert the town.
Studio Executive: Is that in the script? What page are we on?
Studio Executive: What if we gave the kid - a disease.
Studio Executive: A disease?
Studio Executive: A *disease*. Braces on the legs, that sort of thing.
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Crazy Credits

The Hollywood executives heard in the first scene are briefly heard over the Castle Rock logo. Postcards of Lawson fall down around the opening credits. See more »


References The Mask (1994) See more »


from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Written and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation / 20th Century Fox Film Scores
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The serious side of Carrey
4 January 2004 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I often wondered how Carrey would handle a drama and now I know. Totally enjoyed this trip through nostalgiatown as Carrey rejuvenated a town with his infectious personality. Heavily dramatic at times but always with an undercurrent of jollity running through it. I especially appreciated Carrey's dead on comments in the military graveyard.

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