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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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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

Director Richard Fleischer and producer Walter Mirisch had recently collaborated on The Spikes Gang (1974) which starred Lee Marvin. Charles Bronson and Marvin have collaborated on three cinema movies: Death Hunt (1981), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and You're in the Navy Now (1951). Two of these were made prior to Mr. Majestyk (1974). The Spikes Gang (1974) had premiered in theaters only about a couple of months prior Mr. Majestyk (1974), both pictures being both 1974 year first releases. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, Majestyk (Charles Bronson) is loading his shotgun in the bed of the pickup as Renda and his henchmen close in on the truck in their two cars, and the view from the lead car shows it closing to within 15-20 feet of the back of the truck, then the view switches to Majestyk's view from inside the truck bed and both pursuing cars are still a couple hundred yards back, then the view shows Majestyk kicking open the truck's tailgate and the lead car is again 15-20 feet behind. 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 Underrated Film
26 June 2001 | by FilmFan-25See all my reviews

This film will probably never be on a list of the greatest films of all time but it is one of my favourites.

The thing which makes the film outstanding is the acting. The selection of Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Paul Koslo and Linda Crystal are perfect. Their performances, not out of character, are what you would expect from them. Al Lettieri plays the same part as in "The Godfather" and "The Getaway" - menacing and charismatic. Bronson is at his best in his usual strong silent way and Linda Crystal gives an excellent performance as a mexican woman - a sort of shop steward for some Melon Pickers.

The thing which raises this film above many others in my opinion is the interaction between the characters, in particular Bronson/Lettieri and Lettieri/Koslo.

The film is not too heavy and allows a self deprecating sense of humour to enter the action.

The more you see it the more you respect it as a work of art.


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