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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.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writer:

Michael Sloane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Peter Appleton
Bob Balaban ... Elvin Clyde
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Ernie Cole
Hal Holbrook ... Congressman Doyle
Laurie Holden ... Adele Stanton
Martin Landau ... Harry Trimble
Brent Briscoe ... Sheriff Cecil Coleman
Ron Rifkin ... Kevin Bannerman
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Emmett Smith
David Ogden Stiers ... Doc Stanton
James Whitmore ... Stan Keller
Susan Willis Susan Willis ... Irene Terwilliger
Catherine Dent ... Mabel
Brian Howe ... Carl Leffert / Head of the Studio
Karl Bury ... Bob Leffert
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bijou See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The voices of the unseen studio executives during the first screenwriting scene (and the one later in the film) are all famous directors, including Garry Marshall, Paul Mazursky, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, and Carl Reiner. All of these directors are also known their occasional acting forays. See more »

Goofs

Before Pete's car goes off the bridge, the front end is hanging off the edge of the bridge angled downwards towards the water. But a brief reverse angle shot shows the car's rear end hanging off the edge of the bridge, with the headlights angled up towards the sky. 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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen
Performed by Chet Baker
Courtesy of BMG Ricordi S.P.A.
Under License from BMG Special Products
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Jim Carrey can play any role he wants!!!!
5 October 2004 | by nomatterhowminorSee all my reviews

By the end of this movie you will love the movies, love America, and love Jim Carrey. Every other movie staring Jim Carrey, no matter how serious, you could still see a little bit of Ace Ventura coming out. In this movie, it is a COMPLETE 180 degree performance. There were no outrageous facial expressions, gestures or body movements. It was just him, and he's awesome!

The story was good too, of course. Peter Appleton (Jim) is a movie writer during the time of the communist witch-hunt and he gets black-listed, loses his memory and winds-up in this town in which he looks like a guy that was lost in the war. He adopts this life because he doesn't know any better and he falls in love there. When he realizes who he is and is called to testify on his own behalf, he realizes that he needs to stand up against the committee because, "if a bully rises up, it's up to us all to beat them back down, no matter the cost."


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