Mr. Majestyk (1974) 2.71/5 (4)


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Rating: The Ugly – 63.8
Genre: Crime
Duration: 103 mins
Director: Richard Fleischer
Screenplay: Elmore Leonard
Stars: Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Al Lettieri

Richard Fleischer behind the camera, Charles Bronson in front of it, and Elmore Leonard penning the script. What could go wrong? Well it’s hard to say but what is for sure is Mr Majestyk really should’ve been a lot better. The acting is completely out of sync with the momentum of the movie and the dialogue often comes across as clunky because of it. That said, it’s a cracking little story of a gritty melon farmer, some local racketeers, and a dangerous hit-man out for revenge. Bronson plays the titular melon farmer and is responsible for most of the wooden acting but his presence just about makes up for it. Al Lettieri (Sollozzo from The Godfather) is suitably nasty as the hit-man and there are a host of vaguely familiar faces giving sub-par to average performances. The action and progression of the story are somewhat idiosyncratic but that only adds to this peculiar little film’s charm and the finale packs a tremendous punch.

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