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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
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Frank Darabont: [the word S-T-O-R-Y in the graveyard] Also done in The Green Mile (1999). This is his way of indicating that the "story" is dead in Hollywood. See more »

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The giant bronze war memorial statue in the cellar of City Hall could never have been placed down under the building in the manner it was shown or in any manner for that matter. It is also out of scale with the typical height of a basement ceiling. 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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Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
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Just perfect, should be rated 10:-)
4 September 2009 | by Pancho2504See all my reviews

Having seen the mediocre rating this film has garnered on here I began to watch it expecting nothing more than an average film and a forgettable way to spend a couple of hours on a Friday night, how wrong was I! What I ended up with was an absolute gem of a film, from the quietly emotional performance of Martin Landau to the very restrained yet brilliant portrayal offered by Jim Carrey, every actor was cast to perfection and as the film moves gently along it takes you on an ultimately uplifting journey. I would recommend this film to anyone who is bored of the constant stream of action blockbusters or who has never seen Jim Carrey do anything other than gurn his way through a film, if only more of his performances were laced with the kind of down to earth humanity he shows in this picture our perception of him as an actor would be quite different, my only complaint is that it took me 8 years to find this film but all good things come to those who wait I suppose:-) Do yourselves a favour, find a copy of this film, open a bottle of wine and sit back with someone you care about and just let it wash over you like a soft breeze on a summers day.


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