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The Majestic (2001)

Jim Carrey , Martin Landau , Frank Darabont  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Writers: Michael Sloane
  • Producers: Frank Darabont, Anna Garduno, Claudia Cummings, Jeremiah Vaughn, Jim Behnke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Majestic" on IMDb

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Film ! June 23, 2002
Jim Carrey did a wonderful job in this movie, playing Luke, an amnesiac who is not really who people think he is. Like his character in "The Truman Show", this was not a comedic role and shows his versatility as an actor. In the beginning of the movie, he is Peter, a rather sketchy Hollywood screenwriter. As Luke, he assumes an very different persona.
The slow pace and the length of this film permit full character development. Viewers really get to know the characters and to care about them and their lives. Especially wonderful in her role was Laurie Holden, an actress who was new to me but who did a magnificent job in the role of Carrey's girlfriend. Her down-to-earth performance was right on target.
The Majestic, a run-down movie theater, becomes the rallying point for the townspeople - a symbol of the re-birth of a young man who has returned from the dead and the regeneration of a town which lost over 60 young men in the war. The entire town embraces Luke and rallies behind he and his father as they attempt to resuscitate the defunct theater.
This ode to America and its freedoms came as a welcome change. It was a delightful, easy-to-watch, nostalgic movie with a feel-good message, showing patriotic, small-town values. What could be wrong with that?
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carey at his best March 7, 2008
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We've always loved the Majestic, but it's especially poignant watching it now, as America is at war. The small town that rescues Jim Carey's character is what we all want; the sincere sharing of joys and sorrows with others that have been where we've been.

I don't know why The Majestic ended up being a relative sleeper. (For that matter, I don't know why Saving Grace, Pure Luck, and other brilliant movies with brilliant acting ended up that way, either.) Except for in the Majestic, the lead was played by a man who everyone expects to see playing someone wacky or stupid, no exceptions. It's a shame. Carey was brilliant in this thought-provoking, heart-warming film.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McCarthy Age Love Story January 23, 2008
I LOVE this movie. Some of my friends don't and I don't have a clue why. It's a serious role for Jim Carey, something you don't often see. There are also some other faces you will recognize, like Martin Landau (Space 1999) and the town doctor (one of the Major Franks from Mash).

Jim Carey is a Hollywood Writer who is named as having possible Communist ties in the McCarthy witchhunt for communists period in our history. (If you were named as a possible Communist, you were blackballed until your name was cleared--guilty before proven innocent. By the way, you cleared yourself by being investigated and naming someone else.)

Jim gets disgusted when, after being accused, the plug on his film project is pulled and he takes off for a drive. He has an accident, loses his memory, and wakes up on the beach in a small town where he is recognized as Martin Landau's son Luke, who went off to war and has been gone for many years.

It's a great flick about a town who gave up more than it's share of young men to fight in the war and many never returned. The whole town celebrates Luke's return as he rekindles his former love relationship with his girl and fond remeberances with the town's people, in the backlight are the McCarthy trials and how they infringe on the rights of the people.

Like I said, great story line. You fall in love with the whole town as it enfolds.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unsung Hero of Jim Carrey Movies December 24, 2007
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The fantastic thing about this movie is that you take Jim Carrey and once he stops trying to be just funny and starts trying to act you find out that he's amazing at it. No one can deny that Jim Carrey has everything it takes to be a fantastic actor. This movie is classic, it takes place in the era of the Red Scare. Jim Carrey is a screenwriter by the name of Peter Appleton who gets blacklisted for some communist group that he attended in college to impress a girl. He goes out that evening and gets drunk and takes a drive. His car goes off a bridge and he hits his head. He wakes up on a beach the next day not remembering a thing. He is taken in to a small town and is mistaken for a WWII hero who was thought to be dead. With the FBI looking for him and the town welcoming their hero home this movie deals with a small town's healing from WWII and the many sons that they lost. It's a fantastic movie recommended for anyone, especially those that consider themselves movie buffs. This is the unknown masterpiece of Jim Carrey's collection.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Jim Carrey November 9, 2006
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This is a great movie for people who like Jim Carrey and wish he would receive more serious roles. He is a talented actor and should be recognized for something besides his ability to be crazy. It is somewhat idealistic in the way the story line is presented but what the heck, its a fantasy, wouldn't it be nice if a town could be that supportive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Are We Really? June 26, 2005
Frank Darabont has created a wonderful and nostalgic film with echos of Frank Capra everywhere. The lush cinematography, with its colorful hues, help create and enhance a very special movie that will leave you wondering why films like this don't get made anymore.

Jim Carrey completely loses himself in a quiet and underplayed role which could easily have garnered him an Oscar if anyone had been watching. This is an old-style film and Carrey gives an old-style performance as Peter Appleton. After an horrific car accident, he loses his memory and is mistaken and embraced by an entire town as Luke. Luke is a long missing and beloved son of both his father and the town.

Martin Landau gives a wonderful performance as always. The same can be said of Adele Stanton, as the pretty Laurie Holden, Luke's girlfriend and touchstone for all that really matters in life. James Whitmore and David Ogden Stiers are just two of the many faces you will recognize in this lovely portrait of a small town in 1950's America. An entire community comes together to help restore its once great movie theatre, "The Majestic," where magic filled the screens every weekend.

Like any Capra film, Darabont's movie takes its time to unfold. The basic story is surrounded by small insights into ourselves and how we live. Does what people expect of us make us better? If we become better than who we were, where do we belong then? Peter will have to answer these questions when he remembers who he is. He has come to love Laurie and his 'father' Landau, and may no longer be Peter; at least not the old Peter.

The town who feels betrayed by their favorite son is not the only problem Peter/Luke must deal with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it! Thanks.
Published 3 days ago by Virginia Bandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie but the DVD that We received was ...
Love this movie but the DVD that We received was not for this country but was foreign. We were unaware of small print on the bottom telling region. Oops for us and loss too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nina L W
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good movie
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel Jim Carey could evolve into an excellent actor. This is one of...
Given the chance, I feel Jim Carey could evolve into an excellent actor. This is one of them.
Published 2 months ago by Capt'n Bub
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
I loved this movie, I like the actors and the story is a feel good movie, which is nice once in a while.
Published 2 months ago by Sandy R. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars I always love watching this movie
This was the first drama I saw Jim Carry in, and I thought his performance was fantastic. I love this movie!
Published 3 months ago by Robert C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Jim Carey Movie!!!
I LOVE this movie! Also use it when teaching American Literature. It has a great example of the McCarthy trials.
Published 3 months ago by newyorkerbeth
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This is a terrible movie as it is just amounts to propaganda. The Red scare was in truth not a "right wing conspiracy" but actually was happening as many prominent member... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Henry Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
In the past, I haven't always enjoyed Jim Carrey's acting…but this is the film where he really shows he can act! It's a very touching storyline and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by Heidi J. Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Love this show, This mans life has no real meaning, Until he forgets who he is. All the towns people needed someone to come home from the war, and they though it was Luke, when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Perry S
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