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Mr. Majestyk (1974)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 July 1974 (USA)
A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writer:

Elmore Leonard

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bronson ... Vince Majestyk
Al Lettieri ... Frank Renda
Linda Cristal ... Nancy Chavez
Lee Purcell ... Wiley
Paul Koslo ... Bobby Kopas
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Gene Lundy
Frank Maxwell ... Det. Lt. McAllen
Alejandro Rey ... Larry Mendoza
Jordan Rhodes ... Deputy Harold Richie
Bert Santos Bert Santos ... Julio Tomas
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Storyline

Vietnam veteran Vince Majestyk just wants to grow his watermelons and live in peace on his farm. But the local mob boss has different ideas. When his workers are threatened Mr. Majestyk decides to lend them a hand but then the wrath of the mob is turned onto Mr. Majestyk himself. The poor mobsters don't stand a chance. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gesetz bin ich See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nick-name of Vincent Majestyk (Charles Bronson) was "Vince" whilst the nick-name of Sheriff Detective Lieutenant John McAllen (Frank Maxwell) was "Johnny". See more »

Goofs

The first to appear on scene during the breakout is Lundy. He stops the bus carrying the prisoners by standing in front of it and kills the driver by firing three shots. After killing the driver he runs for cover and fires four more shots with the same handgun. A few minutes later Lundy is shown crouching behind a car while shooting at a deputy. This time Lundy has two handguns whereas he only had one previously. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Kopas: It ain't sunk into that thick brain of yours yet. See, everything goes a lot easier and a lot less trouble when you're doing business with me. You understand what I'm talking about?
Vince Majestyk: You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker... only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off.
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Referenced in Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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"You make sounds like your a mean little a** kicker..."
3 September 2002 | by longriflesSee all my reviews

This is great stuff, if not perfect. Charles Bronson gives a great performance here as the wronged man out for justice, which is a standard Elmore Leonard set-piece. (See "Valdez is Coming" and "Hombre".) But I never get tired of these situations as he writes them, because the stories are all unique, thrilling, well told, and (if you stretch a little) believable. Majestyk is a simple guy who just wants to get his melon crop in, but he steps on some toes, winds up in the drunk tank, and then accidentally foils a ham handed attempt to break a big time criminal out of the same jail. Well, he's too much for any of them when the crap hits the fan, and of course he can't be bought off. He just wants to get his melons in, remember? One thing leads to another, the criminals come to get him, and you can fill in the blanks from there. But it isn't all cut and paste; there is some really good story telling here and bravura performances by the man who plays the main criminal. (His hame escapes me, but he was also the bad guy in "The Getaway".) When things get hot and heavy, he looks at Majestyk with grudging admiration and says "You know something? You move, melon picker. You don't say much...but you move!" True fact, and so does this movie, which is also the home of one of the two or three best car chases on film, along with "Bullitt", although this time it isn't a Mustang, but a good old Ford F-150. What could be more perfect? Also a nice job by the man who plays the worthless little weasel wannabe crook...you just want to slap him. Neither side likes him worth a flip. Great fun.


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