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The Majestic [2001] (1 disc)

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Director:Frank Darabont
Writer:Michael Sloane
Composer:Mark Isham
Length:152 minutes
(2 hours 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:New Years
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:43%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Family
  • Romance
  • Mystery
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Synopsis: A movie maker gets blacklisted in 1950s America, but a car accident erases his past and he is mistaken for a man who never returned from war.


Reaction: The movie takes a sudden turn for the dramatic in the last leg, but otherwise, it is actually quite charming.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Frank Darabont => Director
Michael Sloane => Writer
Mark Isham => Composer
Bob Balaban => Elvin Clyde
Brent Briscoe => Sheriff Cecil Coleman
Bruce Campbell => Roland the Intrepid Explorer
Carl Reiner => Studio Executive (voice)
Cliff Curtis => The Evil But Handsome Prince Khalid
David Ogden Stiers => Doc Stanton
Earl Boen => Newsreel Announcer (voice)
Garry Marshall => Studio Executive (voice)
Hal Holbrook => Congressman Doyle
J. Edgar Hoover => Himself (archive footage)
Jeffrey DeMunn => Ernie Cole
Jim Carrey => Peter Appleton
Laurie Holden => Adele Stanton
Martin Landau => Harry Trimble
Matt Damon => Luke Trimble (voice)
Rob Reiner => Studio Executive (voice)
Sydney Pollack => Studio Executive (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The movie poster for the movie-within-a-movie Sand Pirates of the Sahara reveals one of the actor's name to be "Ramon Jamon". "Jamon" is Spanish for "ham".
  • The 'film within a film' Sand Pirates of the Desert, uses music from two classic Hollywood films, both scored by [?] Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Of Human Bondage and Captain Blood.
  • [?] Brian Libby, who plays Studio Guard Hal, has appeared in all of director Frank Darabont's movies. Darabont considers Libby to be a lucky charm of sorts and casts him whenever possible.
  • The real Luke Trimble was a paratrooper in the famed 101st Airborne Division. His voice was provided by Matt Damon, who also played a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division in Saving Private Ryan.
  • One of the Majestic's employees is named Irene Terwilliger. "Terwilliger" is also the last name of a character in Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. He was played by Jeffrey DeMunn, who plays Mayor Ernie Cole in The Majestic.
  • Laurie Holden's character is inspired to become a lawyer by the film The Life of Emile Zola. Holden's real-life grandmother, [?] Gloria Holden, was one of the stars of that film. It's about a lawyer who comes to the defense of a Jewish soldier fighting trumped-up charges of treason in turn-of-the-century France.
  • In the first scene of the movie, we see Jim Carrey's character reacting to the ideas of studio executives, one of whom mentions that the name "Floyd" is terrible, and that it has to be changed. Later on we learn that they changed the name to "Heywood", which an executive also says is terrible. Heywood and Floyd are both characters from Frank Darabont's earlier movie The Shawshank Redemption and Dr Heywood Floyd is a character in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • You can clearly see a poster for It's a Wonderful Life in the foyer of the Majestic, before it is renovated.
  • The golden idol Khalid uses to knock out Emily's father in Sand Pirates of the Sahara was lent to the production by Steven Spielberg and is the same prop used in the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Matt Damon was offered the lead role of Peter Appleton but turned it down as he had other movie commitments at the time.