Mr. Majestyk (1974)
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Elmore Leonard's script for Mr. Majestyk was, like his novel, supposed to have concentrated on the plight of Chicano migrant workers; but what emerged on screen was extensively reshaped into a standard Charles Bronson vehicle. Battle-weary Vietnam veteran Vince Majestyk (Bronson) settles down in rural Colorado, hoping to make a living as a watermelon farmer. Despite his new-found pacifism, Majestyk can't seem to stay out of trouble, and he lands in jail, where he foils a breakout engineered by Mob boss Frank Renda (Al Lettieri). Offering to bring in Renda in exchange for his own freedom, Majestyk finds himself the main target of the Mob, who is also extorting vast sums of money from Vince's fellow farmers. It is bad enough when the crooks begin roughing up Majestyk's field hands; but when they ruthlessly machine-gun his entire melon crop, they've gone too far. Teaming up with Chicano labor activist Nancy Chavez (Linda Cristal) (any relation to Cesar?), Majestyk decides to track down the mobsters one by one and mete out retribution. … More
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Majestyk
Majestyk is a multidimensional hero. He's socially conscious yet individualistic, half-smart and semi-tough, human enough to make mistakes and man enough to correct them.
A likable blend of bravado and villainy, with Bronson submitting his traditional thespian offering of deep squints, cynical chuckles, and reluctant heroism.
The violence isn't unmotivated, or generic. Fleischer and Leonard establish the setting and premise well enough that it's damn near tragic when Renda shoots up Majestyk's watermelon crop.
Thanks for the memories Mr. Charles Bronson.
An underrated Bronson vehicle with the strong, silent star at his most sympathetic.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Majestyk
While Mr. Majestyk wasn't the extravaganza of awesomeness I'd come to expect over the years, it was definitely a fun movie. Charles Bronson literally plays a tough as nails, down to earth melon farmer (and probably the reason that "melon farmer" is substituted for "motherfucker" whenever you watch an edited movie on TV) who calls them as he sees them and goes to war with a high-ranking mob hit man. Again, Mr. Majestyk isn't particularly great but where it lacks in story it makes up for in action and where it didn't age well. Bronson is great and the watermelon execution scene was pretty damn hysterical.More
All he wanted to do was pick his melons, but it seems that everyone wants to stop him from accomplishing that goal. Charles Bronson is as good as he's ever been, raging a one man war on the police and the mafia. It is the movie that Walking Tall wishes it could be and in many ways it is one of the better 70s action movies.More
How is it possible for a movie to be bad and "good" at the same time? Mr. Majestyk is bad -most of the scenarios are utterly unrealistic; impossible in real life. The mob, the police, just don't work the way that they do in this movie. On the other hand, Mr. Majestyk is good. Despite many flaws, Mr. Majestyk is well enough made and has interestingly portrayed stock characters with lots of action, and you want to keep watching to see what happens. The climax wasn't too incredible to believe. It works.. I dare say it could have been even more intricate and would have only been more effective. In the end, Charles Bronson is just plain fun to watch. Yes, it's true. Guys love Charles Bronson, and even this unrealistic movie is still tons o' fun.More
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