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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.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writer:

Elmore Leonard

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bronson ... Vince Majestyk
Al Lettieri ... Frank Renda
Linda Cristal ... Nancy Chavez
Lee Purcell ... Wiley
Paul Koslo ... Bobby Kopas
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Gene Lundy
Frank Maxwell ... Det. Lt. McAllen
Alejandro Rey ... Larry Mendoza
Jordan Rhodes ... Deputy Harold Richie
Bert Santos Bert Santos ... Julio Tomas
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Storyline

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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This picture represents one of a handful of films starring Charles Bronson that deal with Mexico and/or specifically Chicano characters. The pictures are Breakout (1975), Mr. Majestyk (1974) and Borderline (1980). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 29 mins) During the chase in the canyon, a safety cable can be seen attached to the bad guy's car front bumper. See more »

Quotes

Vince Majestyk: I'll tell you what, I'll take one of those cigarettes if you have a spare one.
Black Prisoner: [Stops Majestyk from going over to Renda] Hey man, I'll give you one.
Vince Majestyk: Oh, thanks.
[Looks st Renda]
Vince Majestyk: I got a cigarette, so I don't need one.
Black Prisoner: [Talks in a low voice to Majestyk] Hey man don't you know who that is? That's Renda, Frank Renda!
Vince Majestyk: [Looks surprised] oh yeah I've seen him on TV! He's a movie star or something!
Black Prisoner: No man, that's Frank Renda, he's a Hitman for the mafia!
Vince Majestyk: So I guess he's kind of famous then right?
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Classic Bronson
24 November 2008 | by ramsfanSee 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 during a bus transfer to another prison. 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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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

17 July 1974 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$129,800
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1.85 : 1
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