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

- $3 worth. That's all you want?

- Yeah.

And if you're not too busy,

you can wipe the bugs off the windshield.

Bob Santos.

Ambrocio Verraras.

Luis Ortegas.

Have you picked melons before?

Luis? All his life.

- He was born in a melon field.

- Okay.

Hey, Larry, what about me?


Vincent, we got 30.

Do we need any more than that?

If he's got some who'll work for nothing.

Man, you're sure tight with the dollar.

You squeeze it to death.

We're paying a $1.40 an hour, 10-hour day.

And don't you shortchange me.

Hey, man, I take my percent.

I don't need to cheat them.

Larry's going along. If he finds anybody

hasn't slipped melons, they come back.

And for them, I don't pay.

Man, I never give you no bums.

- All these people are experts.

- Yeah, I know.


$3. That's $4, and $5.

Hurry back and see us.

- Is there a key you have to the ladies' room?

- It's broken. You can't use it.

What about the men's room?

It's broken, too. Both of them are broken.

We'll go in separately.

The men come out, I go in.

You don't have to call the cops

and say we're doing it.

I'll call them right now if you want me to.

Now get out of here.

- Where do you go?

- I'm warning you.

Maybe you never go?

That's why you're so full of shit.


I was the last one to use that men's room.

You saying I busted the toilet?

Listen, you know how many migrants

stop in here?

These people get in there, take a bath,

mess the place up, steal the toilet paper.

Let them use it.

I work for somebody. You understand?

Now my boss says

no migrants use our restroom.

Not even if they buy gas.

You looking for work?

Well, we forgot our golf clubs,

so we might as well.

You know something about melons?

Onions, lettuce, melons.

We pick anything you got.

After you use the toilet.

First things first.

Since the toilets are broken...

why don't you all come in here

and use this?

Get out of here now.

Every goddamn one of you.

You said somebody else owned the place.

What the hell do you care

if they use the toilet or not?

Here. Don't take all day.

Those people your relatives?


You been traveling with them long?

What are you trying to find out?

If I sleep with some of them?


We go to different places.

We help organize the farm workers.

We also have to stop and work

to pay our way.

You work for the union?

If I tell you yes, you don't hire us?

I don't care if you work for the union,

you don't work for the union.

As long as you know melons.

Look, I've been in the fields most of my life.

- What's your name?

- Nancy Chavez.

Not related to the other Chavez.

But I'll tell you something.

I was on the picket line with them

during the grape strike.

I believe it.

- Is that yours?

- Yes.

160 acres.

My second crop.

If I don't make it this time...

This guy's already got a crew working.

What the hell are we supposed to do,

go home?

Hey, I don't think I know you.

Bobby Kopas.

Come over from La Junta

with some top-hand pickers.

I don't think I ever hired you before, either.

One thing I know for sure, I never will.

$1.20 an hour?

Save yourself some money,

and they're already hard at it.

I don't hire winos

who never slipped melons before.

I don't know.

You hire a lot of Latins and no whites.

Looks like discrimination to me.

Get your people on the truck.

Get off my land.

Them Latins buddies of yours?

Look, what do you care who works for you,

as long as you get the job done, right?

I hire who I want.

Yeah, well, you see, you want me.

Only it ain't sunk into

that thick brain of yours yet.

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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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