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The Majestic (2001)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Appleton
... Elvin Clyde
... Ernie Cole
... Congressman Doyle
... Adele Stanton
... Harry Trimble
... Sheriff Cecil Coleman
... Kevin Bannerman
Gerry Black ... Emmett Smith
... Doc Stanton
... Stan Keller
Susan Willis ... Irene Terwilliger
... Mabel
... Carl Leffert / Head of the Studio
... Bob Leffert
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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!

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

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

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21 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bijou  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,366,207, 23 December 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,807,266, 14 March 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,317,558, 31 December 2002
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Trivia

Neither the Majestic nor Mabel's Diner actually exist in Ferndale, where the movie was filmed. However, the newspaper office for the Lawson Beacon (across the street from the WWII memorial) is the actual newspaper office for the Ferndale Enterprise. The sheriff's office and city hall were facades built over opposite ends of the U.S. Bank building in town. The facade of The Majestic was built over a city parking lot. Only the facade and lobby were used for filming at that location. The indoor sets were built in buildings at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

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Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
Written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith
Performed by The Humboldt State University Marching Lumberjacks
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The serious side of Carrey
4 January 2004 | by 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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