Mr. Majestyk

Synopsis: Vietnam veteran Vince Majestyk just wants to grow his watermelons and live in peace on his farm. But the local mob boss has different ideas. When his workers are threatened Mr. Majestyk decides to lend them a hand but then the wrath of the mob is turned onto Mr. Majestyk himself. The poor mobsters don't stand a chance.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Richard Fleischer
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Complainant says he offered you

a business proposition.

And instead of a simple "no thanks,"

you assaulted him with a shotgun.

It was his gun, not mine.

And he was trespassing.


Four years ago, he got one-to-five

in California for assault. First offense.

Served nine months in Folsom.

You use a gun that time in California, too?

It was in a bar.

Guy hit me with a beer bottle.

Hey, Lieutenant.

Lieutenant, I got 160 acres of melons

sitting out there.

I got to get them in.

Let me go see that they're picked...

and I'll come back a few days later, okay?

If this was your first offense,

how come they put you away?

See, this guy came to trial with

a broken collarbone and a wired jaw...

and some friends of his

who testified that I started it.

And they said that I kicked his face in

when he was unconscious.

Of course, you did no such thing?

I've been tried for it already, okay?

You married?

I was married for four years.

My wife divorced me when I was in prison.

If I don't get those melons in this week,

I lose the whole crop.

Hey, Lieutenant, I only need a few days.

That's all that's worrying you? Melons?

I think you better get a lawyer.

He'll go to court. Court'll set bond.

If you pay it,

you can go pick all the melons you want.

Sure. I pay the bail,

and I have no money left for a crew.

And I can't pick 160 acres by myself.

You should have thought of that earlier.

Lock him up.


Hey, buddy, you going to eat that sausage?

You ain't gonna eat it, nobody is?

Help yourself.

No, I guess not.

Take one of those cigarettes though.

- I'll pay you back later.

- Hey.

Want a smoke?

Yeah. It's all right. I got one.

Hey, don't you know who that is?

He's a TV star.

Man, that's Frank Renda.

Yeah, I saw him play the accordion on TV.

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Elmore Leonard

Elmore John Leonard Jr. (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013) was an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but he went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Swag, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted as the movie Jackie Brown). Leonard's writings include short stories that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the FX television series Justified. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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