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The Majestic (2001)

Jim Carrey , Martin Landau , Frank Darabont  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 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: 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 (254 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Majestic" on IMDb

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  • Movie Within the Movie: Sand Pirates of the Sahara - The Complete Sequence
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!! March 8, 2007
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I love this movie! Great watch! Jim Carrey does an amazing job as well as the other actors! This is a classic~!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jim Carrey Movie for Non-Jim Carrey Fans May 24, 2005
I don't know why there are so many negative or mixed reviews about this movie. I can only assume that fans of Jim Carrey expected him to be over the top (like he was in the Mask and Ace Venture), and those that didn't like those movies (this is the category that I fall into), assumed that he would be over the top so they dismissed this movie sight unseen. Jim Carrey fans STAY AWAY as you will probubly be disappointed in this movie. Non-Jim Carrey fans "Please, Please, Please" go see this movie, you will not be disappointed. Forget Jim Carrey, think of a young Tom Hanks, or dare I suggest a young Jimmy Stewart. If you do not know anything about this movie think "It's a Wonderful Life" or any other Frank Capra film. This is an excellent gem of a movie that was (and I fear will continue to be) missed by so many, simply because people hear the name "Jim Carrey" and make of their mind (good or bad) without even seeing the movie. This movie was great, by far the best picture I saw in 2001. Jim Carrey as a serious actor was excellent (who knew), Martin Landau..excellent...and the girl who played the love interest (sorry I forgot her name) was outstanding. This is a movie expierence that you can share with your wife, your girlfriend, your Mom and Dad, your favorite Aunt and Uncle, and never be embarrassed by anything of the screen (now how many Jim Carrey movies can you say that about). Go now, Buy, Rent, Borrow, set your DVR, but get a copy of this movie and set aside an evening for a movie pleasure that you have not had in an extremely long time. I cannot reccommend it enough (I would give it 10 stars if I could, and believe me I am very criticle of movies in general).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good movie
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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 10 days 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 25 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Perry S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I saw this movie at the theatre years ago. I remember leaving the theatre being thoroughly satisfied. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dino G. Zacharakos
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrey's Best
I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan, but when I saw this movie he amazed me at how well he could do drama, after watching him do all the goofy stuff, and just not impressing me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by faithfully
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