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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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Details

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:

$4,904,339, 23 December 2001

Gross USA:

$27,807,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,317,558
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matt Damon: The first choice for the lead role (turned down to star in The Bourne Identity (2002)), provides the voice of Albert Lucas "Luke" Trimble's farewell letter. Many of his lines were written in 1861 by Major Sullivan Ballou, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, to his wife in Smithfield, a week before he was killed at the First Bull Run Battle. See more »

Goofs

The siren speaker on the police car is a Federal Signals electronic speaker that was not introduced on police cars until the mid-'60s. Sirens of the era of this movie would've been electro-mechanical wind sirens. 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

References An American in Paris (1951) See more »

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Blues in the Bucket
Written by Gordon Goodwin
Produced by Claudia Cummings
Performed by The Spencer Wyatt Big Band
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I liked it too although I'm not usually a Jim Carey fan
21 November 2004 | by mjtaylor_communicationsSee all my reviews

This DVD came in my last batch from Netflix, and I wondered why I had ever chosen it. Finally on a rainy Saturday, I put it on and was enchanted and moved. Jim Carey was great as were all the cast. The story seemed so very timely in light of recent national events. A land where dissenting voices are labeled unpatriotic and people of intellect and wide-ranging analysis are dismissed as elitist is positively frightening. "The Majestic" shows how we can get back to being our best selves and fulfill our promise as a nation that now seems so bleak to some of us. Caring about each other, our community, that is how we really come alive and make a difference. Building and striving for what is possible and making it safe to express and fulfill dreams gives me hope that we really can get back to where we belong if we'd only stop being so self-righteous, rude, and intolerant. I grew up in the party of Eisenhower but never felt that opposing ideas were unpatriotic. We need to be kinder to each other, recapture the courtesy of a lost era, be thoughtful and intellectually curious to be sure that we come up with the very best ideas and solutions we can in today's world. "The Majestic" is a wonderful reminder of what ordinary people can do when we come together and work to achieve something that uplifts a whole community. I heartily recommend it.


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