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The Majestic

Promotional poster for The Majestic.
Directed by Frank Darabont
Produced by Jim Behnke,
Frank Darabont,
Linda Fields
Written by Michael Sloane
Starring Jim Carrey
Bob Balaban
Jeffrey DeMunn
Laurie Holden
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography David Tattersall
Editing by Jim Page
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date(s) December 11, 2001
Running time 152 minutes
Language English
Budget 72,000,000
IMDb profile

The Majestic is a 2001 film, written by Michael Sloane, and directed by Frank Darabont. It stars Jim Carrey, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden and Hal Holbrook. Image File history File links The_Majestic. ... Frank Darabont (born on January 28, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Jim Behnke is a film editor. ... Frank Darabont (born on January 28, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Michael Sloane, (born January 29, 1959 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor, writer and director. ... James Eugene Jim Carrey (born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film actor. ... Bob Balaban (born August 16, 1945 in Chicago) is an American actor and director. ... Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York) is an American theatre, film and television actor. ... Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ... Mark Isham is an American trumpeter, synthesist, and composer. ... David Tattersall is a famous British cinematographer and director of photography, the art of selecting the right light and camera when shooting a movie. ... Warner Bros. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... Michael Sloane, (born January 29, 1959 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor, writer and director. ... Frank Darabont (born on January 28, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... James Eugene Jim Carrey (born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film actor. ... Bob Balaban (born August 16, 1945 in Chicago) is an American actor and director. ... Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York) is an American theatre, film and television actor. ... Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ... Holbrook as Twain, 1957. ...


It was released by Warner Brothers on December 11, 2001. Warner Bros. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2001. ...

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Plot summary

The film is set in the United States during the 1950s. Peter Appleton (played by Carrey) is an up-and-coming young screenwriter working on B-Movies, but hopes to work his way onto the "A" list. Unfortunately, he is accused of being a Communist, like the real world accusations of the Hollywood blacklist. It turns out that in 1945, he had attended a meeting for a Communist organization in college known as the "Bread Instead of Bullets" club, a meeting which he reveals that he did for a girl. In an instant, his new film (which he hopes will get him onto the "A" movies) and his contract are dropped. His career in ruins, he gets drunk at a seaside bar and gets into a car accident. When he wakes up, his memory lost(probably suffering from what the DSMIV terms as a Dissociative Fugue), he is in a small town called Lawson. The townsfolk believe him to be Luke Trimble, one of the town boys killed in World War II 9 1/2 years ago, and embrace him as a symbol of hope. "Luke" settles in to "his old life", and with his "father" Harry (Martin Landau) and his "girlfriend" Adele (Laurie Holden), starts to rebuild The Majestic, an old movie theatre that had been closed due to post-war hard times. The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st December, 1959. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Protestors opposing the jailing of the Hollywood Ten in 1950 (from the 1987 documentary Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist). ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ...


Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Congressional committee member Elvin Clyde (Bob Balaban) is convinced that Appleton's disappearance (no one knows about Appleton's accident since he was alone and miles away from Hollywood) is proof that he is an important Communist operative, and sends two federal agents to search for him. Back in Lawson, not everyone believes that "Luke" is back. Bob Leffert, a one-handed soldier who knew the real Luke and did not like him (claiming that Luke rubbed him the wrong way) not only is convinced that Peter is not Luke, he also believes that this stranger is setting the town up for more heartbreak. Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... Bob Balaban (born August 16, 1945 in Chicago) is an American actor and director. ...


A few days later, the town throws a welcome home party for "Luke", and asks him to play the piano (which he used to do when he was a kid) but instead of playing one of the classics he was taught to play, he instead jumps into a roadhouse boogie tune. On his way home, he runs into Bob, who confronts him about the suspicions he has had about "Luke," even punching Peter in the face when he makes a comment about how the war must have changed him. Finally Peter, Harry, Adele and the rest of the townsfolk succeed in rebuilding The Majestic. In the events, Peter also convinces the town to finally build a memorial that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had commissioned for after the war, but that the town did not have the heart to put up. FDR redirects here. ...


Unfortunately, from that point, things take a turn for the worse. Peter regains his memory when the Majestic shows a movie he wrote, Sand Pirates of the Sahara. At the same moment, Harry has a heart attack. At Harry's death bed, Peter lets him die believing that he is still Luke, and breaks down in tears when Harry passes away. At the funeral, he tells Adele that he is not Luke. Adele says that she had a feeling that he wasn't. To make matters worse, the whole town discovers the truth when federal agents confront him in front of the whole town (after two boys discover his car washed up in the beach) and present him with a summons to appear before Congress.


That night at the Majestic, Peter's lawyer advises him to "admit" and then denounce his past associations with the Communist Party, and presents him with a list of named "Communists" that he could read before the court to clear his name. Initially, Peter reluctantly agrees to this plan, but an argument with Adele and his own respect for the real Luke inspire Peter to instead confront the committee. At the hearing, Peter makes an impassioned speech about American ideals, which wins the crowd over. Fearing a political backlash, the lawmakers let him go free. Peter then returns to Lawson, fearing an unwelcome reception but eager to again see Adele. To Peter's surprise, he receives a hero's welcome from the town's citizens, who have come to respect Peter as an individual, especially in light of his decision to stand up to Congress.


Critical reaction

  • The movie was not particularly well received by the critics (for example, Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times commented that it was a "derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried"). This movie is often cited as one of Jim Carrey's biggest flops during his time when he wanted to be known as a serious actor (although he would get some praise for his performance in the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind). A notable exception to this trail was Roger Ebert, who praised the film and its ideals:
"It flies the flag in honor of our World War II heroes, and evokes nostalgic for small-town movie palaces and the people who run them... Frank Darabont has deliberately tried to make the kind of movie Capra made, about decent small-town folks standing up for traditional American values. In an age of Rambo patriotism, it is good to be reminded of Capra patriotism--to remember that America is not just about fighting and winning, but about defending our freedoms."[1]

Kenneth Turan is an American film critic, currently writing for the Los Angeles Times. ... The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. ... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an Academy Award-winning 2004 romance film by Michel Gondry that uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. ... Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970 Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, author, and film critic who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, every week since 1967. ... This article is about the film director. ...

Cast listing

James Eugene Jim Carrey (born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film actor. ... Bob Balaban (born August 16, 1945 in Chicago) is an American actor and director. ... Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947 in Buffalo, New York) is an American theatre, film and television actor. ... Holbrook as Twain, 1957. ... Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ...

Trivia

  • Laurie Holden's character is inspired to become a lawyer by the film The Life of Emile Zola (1937). Holden's real-life grandmother, Gloria Holden, was one of the stars of this film.
  • One of the voices in the two screenwriting conference scenes is famous director and screenwriter Garry Marshall. Other voices belong to Carl Reiner and his son Rob Reiner, actor-director Sydney Pollack and actor-screenwriter Matt Damon.
  • The director of "Sand Pirates of the Sahara" is depicted as "Ferenc Arpad". This is Frank Darabont's first and middle names translated into his native Hungarian.
  • Bruce Campbell, star of the Evil Dead series, plays Roland the Intrepid Explorer in the movie-within-a-movie Sand Pirates of the Sahara. His nemesis is played by Cliff Curtis.
  • The scenes where Peter makes bold statements in the Communist investigation hearing are similar to those in the 2004 Howard Hughes bio-pic The Aviator

Laurie Holden (born December 17, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ... The Life of Emile Zola is a 1937 movie giving a biography of the famous French author Émile Zola. ... Garry Kent Marshall (born November 13, 1934) is an American actor/director/writer/producer. ... Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian. ... Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1947 in The Bronx, New York) is an American actor, director, producer, writer and anti-tobacco activist. ... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Matthew Paige Damon (October 8, 1970) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter and actor. ... Frank Darabont (born on January 28, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958, Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American actor of Irish-Scottish descent. ... -1... Cliff Curtis (born 27 July 1968, Rotorua, New Zealand) is a New Zealand actor. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. ... The Aviator is an Academy Award-winning 2004 biographical drama film, directed by Martin Scorsese. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
The Majestic - definition of The Majestic in Encyclopedia (219 words)
The Majestic (2001) is a movie directed by Frank Darabont and starring Jim Carrey and Laurie Holden.
The film is set in the United States during the 1950s.
The townsfolk believe him to be Luke Trimble, one of the town boys killed in World War II.
Majestic 12 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5051 words)
Majestic 12 first entered the public consciousness in 1984 (Susan Wright writes that the documents first surfaced in 1982, but all other sources support a 1984 date).
According to less extravagant conspiracy theory lore, Majestic 12 was created with a more humble goal: to cover up alien activities on Earth, and liaise with the aliens to obtain technology in exchange for knowledge and testing on human biology.
Majestic 12 is the name of a model of inline-skates that were produced by the company Roces (as of 2005 they are named M-twelve).
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COMMENTARY     

yakofujimato
16th July 2010
Gloria Holden was NOT Laurie Holden's granddaughter, even though Laurie Holden lied about this to an interviewer at one point during the making of 'The Majestic'.

Gloria Holden's only child Christopher died years before Laurie Holden was born.

Gloria Holden had no grandchildren.
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