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Mr Majestyk [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2004 20the MGM UK DVD

Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell, Paul Koslo

SYNOPSIS

Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson), a Vietnam veteran turned melon farmer, only wants his peace and quiet tending his watermelons.
When his workers are being threatened and Majestyk steps in, he finds himself not only fighting the law, but also the local mob, led by Frank Renda (Al Lettieri), who think they can take Majestyk on... Big mistake, as the tagline says: Organized crime has met its match.

THE PROS & CONS

MR. MAJESTYK is one of the best Charles Bronson movies. The screenplay was written by Elmore Leonard, who also wrote the novelization based on the movie, and it shows.
Made in the same year as the original DEATH WISH, Bronson wasn't so restricted to the vigilante genre and the genre itself was still fresh.
Director Richard Fleischer delivers a superb action thriller that is incredibly well-paced without having explosions and shootings every 2 minutes. The movie is story-driven, but has its fair amount of 70s style action even including a car (pickup truck) chase. MR. MAJESTYK is nowhere near as violent as the DEATH WISH series and does not include exploitative rape scenes. By today's standards it should be a 15 (it's a PG in the US).
All actors deliver superb performances, especially the charismatic Charles Bronson and Al Lettieri who are very convincing in their roles. Linda Cristal and the beautiful Lee Purcell, just about the only females in the movie play their parts well, Cristal even taking part in some of the action.
Paul Koslo you kinda like to hate in this film (that means he's convincing!
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This is a super film with no superfluous padding and none of the frenetic camerawork that seems to plague so many modern action films. Bronson plays a man who wants a peaceful life harvesting his melons before they are over-ripe. Unfortunately, obstacles are placed in his way in the form of a cocky small-time local crook and a rather more dangerous mob hit-man. Bronson gives a believable performance with no histrionics and no comic book violence. He possesses the calm and determined demeanour of a man who won't be pushed around and knows that he has the capacity to cope with whatever is thrown at him. The camerawork is great and the supporting actors very good, particularly the hit-man played by Al Lettieri. Print quality is particularly good in the outdoor scenes (about 90% of the film) and a little grainy in the indoor scenes. Enjoy!
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I saw this film many years ago on tv, Not the usual Bronson type, but the usual Bronson action. It is full of action once it gets going and the support actors are well selected for their parts.One normally expects Bronson to give back plenty of revenge once he gets wound up and this film shows him at his best. I recommend this to all Bronson fans as well as those that enjoy gangster come-upance. Very enjoyable with the hint of romance with rather a lovely co-star. Recommended.
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"You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker, only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off."

Despite finding success in Europe, Charles Bronson still hadn't made it really big in the US in 1974, so Mr. Majestyk was marketed less on his name than on the promise of Richard Fleischer's film being another Billy Jack or Walking Tall, but the film was part of a one-two whammy with Death Wish, released only a week later, that finally propelled him to superstar status Stateside. Bronson may have managed to antagonise his director and crew so much that, according to Fleischer, they would barely talk to him after the first day's shooting but it's the perfect star vehicle for him as the kind of guy who keeps himself to himself until he's pushed too far. Elmore Leonard's script casts him as a melon farmer who manages to get on the wrong side of both Paul Koslo's small-time local hood who tries to cut in on his business and Al Lettieri's hitman with a seriously bad temper, with the police all too happy to use him as live bait and regarding the possibility of him getting killed as a bit of a bonus. All Bronson wants to do is get in his melon crop before his farm goes under, but with Lettieri and co. scaring off or crippling his workers and shooting up his crop it's only a matter of time before a melon farmer's gotta do what a melon farmer's gotta do...

Leonard cut his teeth on westerns, and this is very much a well-crafted modern western crossover to his now more recognised thriller work, but it knows its audience and their expectations perfectly and delivers the kind of decent-guy-fighting-back-after-being-pushed-too-far action movies that moviegoers in the 70s just lapped up, and it holds up remarkably well today.
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''Vince Majestyk' (Bronson) is a 'Mellon' farmer, when the crop is ready he hires a
team of pickers to harvest the crop, however would-be hardman 'Bobby Kopas'
(Paul Koslo) try's to impose his own workers on 'Vince' who is having none of it.
A short while later after his encounter with 'Kopas' who he'd turned off his property
'Vince' is arrested for assault.
This proves to be only the beginning of 'Vince's' problems, when with other prisoners
he is being transported for a hearing, gunmen try to hijack the Bus and Police escort
with the intention of releasing 'Mafia' Hit-Man 'Frank Renda' (Al Letteira)
During a frantic fire-fight 'Vince' takes over the Bus and speeds off with just the Hitman
still cuffed on-board.
'Vince' try's to do the right thing, however the Police aren't listening, 'Frank' gives
'Vince' a lucrative option, which is worth considering.
The transfer goes pear-shaped, 'Vince' has clearly made an enemy of the Hit-man.
'Frank' has issues he wants to resolve with a 'bullet'
When 'Frank' has 'Vince's' crops partially destroyed and scares 'Vince's' migrant workers
off, 'Vince' gets somewhat vengeful toward his pursuer.
'Frank' try's to corner 'Vince' who now has 'Nancy' (Linda Cristal) in tow, what follows see's
the Hunter become the Hunted as 'Vince' turns the tables on the Hit-man.
With 'Corrupt -Cops' often looking the other way, an intense car-chase on the back-roads
and dust tracks along with bullets flying the '1974' 'Hollywood-Hardman' 'Bronson' action-
movie is definitely worth a visit.
I thank fellow 'reviewers' 'Timelord' and 'Caligula' for the recommendation.
(No Oscars to be won, however more than worth a viewing)
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