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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Elmore Leonard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2003
Runtime:
MGM

Cast


as Vince Majestyk

as Frank Renda

as Nancy Chavez

as Wiley

as Bobby Kopas

as Gene Lundy

as Detective Lt. McAlle...

as Larry Mendoza

as Deputy Sheriff Harol...

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Bert Santos

as Julio Tomaz

as Kopas Muscle Man

as Kopas Muscle Man

as Police Officer

as Black Prisoner

as Chicano Prisoner

as Chicano Prisoner

as TV Reporter Ron Malo...

as TV Camera Crew

as TV Camera Crew

as Press Photographer

as Press Photographer

as Labor Contractor

as Mrs. Mendoza
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Majestyk

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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.

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New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Majestyk

½

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.

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Michael Gildea

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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.

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Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Steve Strange

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