Mr. Majestyk

Mr. Majestyk

DVD - 2003
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Ex-con and Vietnam vet, Mr. Majestyk, whose efforts to run a straight business seem thwarted at every turn-- a town tough harasses him for employment of Hispanic migrant workers on his farm, the local police jail him on a false charge, and a Mafia hitman destroys his crop for crossing him during a jailbreak-- finally reaches the end of his fuse. With rifle in hand and his girlfriend at the wheel of his pickup, Majestyk goes after the syndicate assassin.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2003
ISBN: 9780792854661
Branch Call Number: DVD Action MR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Mister Majestyk


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Aug 20, 2015

Thought I had commented on this before. So try again. Based on Elmore's novel with same name. It has a stubborn tough guy, a vicious mob assassin, a couple of knockout ladies and a bunch of interesting side kicks, classic Elmore story and super action movie. Differences between book & film: Honeydew in book vs watermelon and Arizona in book vs Colorado.

May 25, 2015

All the man wanted to do was get his melons harvested. . .
They just do not make tough guys like Charles Bronson anymore. Partly because he earned his toughness: the 11th child of a Lithuanian coal miner father and a Polish mother, Bronson worked in the mines, was the first in his family to graduate, and won a Purple Heart in World War 2. He had a bunch of small roles before breaking out in 60s classics like "The Great Escape," "The Dirty Dozen," and, my favorite, "Once Upon a Time in America." By the 70s, he was flying solo, usually as a vigilante or a gunfighter. "Mr. Majestyk," from 1974, is a good man pushed too far type film, similar to the more violent "Death Wish," "Stray Dogs," and "Billy Jack." Bronson plays a farmer who gets mixed up with a mob hit man, indifferent cops, and a local jerk trying to horn in on his farm operation. Needless to say, Bronson takes matters into his own hands and results are "majestically" bloody! The migrant worker subplot gives the movie a little more resonance than these type of action movies usually have. Competently directed by Richard Fleischer ("Soylent Green") and based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.


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