Up 394 this week

The Majestic (2001)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  21 December 2001 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 43,153 users   Metascore: 27/100
Reviews: 372 user | 129 critic | 30 from

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.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


The 10 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 15 Jul 2011
a list of 30 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
a list of 22 titles
created 11 Dec 2012
a list of 44 titles
created 30 Nov 2013
a list of 23 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Majestic" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Majestic (2001)

The Majestic (2001) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Majestic.

User Polls

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The life and career of a legendary comedian, Andy Kaufman.

Director: Milos Forman
Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet.

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin
The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann
Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson
The Number 23 (2007)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman
Liar Liar (1997)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

She is incurable ill. But she cannnot die. Only her son, a lawyer, could bring her relief. When he decides, to do so, starts his personal nightmare.

Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Michael Cornelison, Dee Croxton, Brian Libby
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.

Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Pet detective Ace Ventura comes out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the symbol of an African tribe.

Director: Steve Oedekerk
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow
Simon Birch (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Black ...
Susan Willis ...
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 »

Parents Guide:






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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Several names in the movie are connected to real-life persons involved in Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch hunt" investigations. The town of Lawson is named for screenwriter John Howard Lawson who stood up to HUAC and ended the Red Scare. Another writer, Lester Cole, gives his surname to the mayor. Luke Trimble is named for blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Appleton is named for Senator McCarthy's Wisconsin home town. The movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), seen briefly in the epilogue, is considered a metaphor for the McCarthy policies. See more »


In Mabel's Diner, the catsup bottles have the rounded metal, quick twist tops. In the early fifties, the tops were a cylindrical design with vertical ridges to aid with grip. 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.
See more »

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 Of Human Bondage (1946) See more »


Pennsylvania 6-5000
Written by Jerry Gray and Carl Sigman
Produced by Claudia Cummings
Performed by The Spencer Wyatt Big Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Best Carey movie ever
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like most people I know, I've seen Jim Carey preform in movies where the writers expected him to have a warped sense of humor or outlook on life, or a zany personality - or both. Sometimes I appreciated it, such as in Batman Forever or Bruce Almighty; other times I didn't, like when he preformed a butchered Grinch or when Ace Ventura made me sick with his humor. Still, whether I liked the movie's story, I admired the way his acting brought the crazies to life. The only exception I'd ever seen was him as the quiet, grown narrator in Simon Birch - until I found The Majestic. Here he doesn't have an outburst of anger, or a goofy-acting moment. He plays a Hollywood screenwriter, Peter - or Pete

  • Appleton, who thinks life is good and lives it normally. He's on the

verge of making 1st-rate films, has an actress girlfriend, and is respected by all. But all that changes when he's blacklisted for attending a communist meeting, unawares, with his college girlfriend. He's now stripped of his girlfriend, who dumps him, and his career when his latest screenplay is examined by the FBI to see whether he is indeed a communist. Having too much to drink at the local bar, he makes the mistake of going out to drive afterward and crash-lands in a river, managing to escape the car but knocking his head so when discovered on the beach of Lawson the next morning by resident Stan Keller (James Whitmore, The Shawshank Redemption) he doesn't have a clue who he is or why he's there. The townspeople find him familiar, and shortly after he arrives former theater owner Harry Trimble (Martin Landau) is convinced that this is his son Luke, MIA almost a decade ago in WWII. The people, still grieving over the lost of 60 others, are delighted to welcome "Luke" home. He is content to live surrounded by people who admire him, Luke's girlfriend Adele, and work in the Majestic movie theater, unaware that he has both another life and a government agency waiting to catch up to him. This movie itself really is majestic. Someone I know who's always thought Carey overdid his roles saw this, and loved it and called him a good actor. I loved it myself. I thought it was odd how we barely met Pete's original girlfriend, who wasn't even shown breaking up with him, and the fact that the government suddenly had doubts that he was the communist spy they'd thought the day his trial was set, especially after they rejected his movie script as communist work and wrote his vehicle as belonging to a commie in the papers when it was found (and with the wallet picture found with it, why did nobody see its resemblance to "Luke"?). but I enjoyed everything about this anyway. This is by far the best Jim Carey movie I've seen.

29 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
6.7 out of 10? phunkiemonky
Am I The Only One Who Liked This Flick? hihosilvertonto
Am I the only one who hated this flick? nd-11
never heard of this movie till yestrday..Why?? uzinator777
Steaming Pile Grace234
Two things that annoyed me the most.... ebert-12
Discuss The Majestic (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: