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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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Organised crime has met its match See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gesetz bin ich See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only cinema movie written by Elmore Leonard that Charles Bronson ever appeared in. It was not based on one of the author's novel but was an original screenplay penned by him. See more »

Goofs

Just prior to the big chase in which the Ford truck does all of the big jumps, Majestyk pulls the truck into the driveway and parks in front of the house. He then unhooks the trailer and leaves it behind the truck. When he runs out of the house and jumps into the back of the truck as the woman drives it away, the truck is facing the other direction and the trailer is not in sight. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Kopas: It ain't sunk into that thick brain of yours yet. See, everything goes a lot easier and a lot less trouble when you're doing business with me. You understand what I'm talking about?
Vince Majestyk: You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker... only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off.
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Referenced in Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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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. 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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