The Majestic

Synopsis: Peter Appleton is an ambitious young screenwriter working for HHS Studios during Hollywood's Golden Age, 1951 in particular. "Ashes to Ashes" is about to be released, and he's dating the attractive movie star, Sandra Sinclair. Just when everything seems to be going his way, it is discovered he (unwittingly) attended a Communist meeting during college when pulled there by his girlfriend at the time, and thus heavy suspicion settles over him and he'll have to stand before Congress. Afraid of what might happen if they don't, HHS cancels Appleton's contract and aborts the release date of the film. Appleton promptly begins to wallow in self-pity and spends nearly an entire night at a bar, then drives intoxicated through the streets of the California course until plummeting into a stormy river and getting knocked unconscious. Washing up on the beaches of a small town called Lawson. Although the people there are pleasant and likable, the town is depressed and lifeless due to having lost 62 of
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Frank Darabont
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
152 min

-What about the kid who rings the bell?

-What kid? What bell?

The kid. After the mine caves in,

he rings the bell to alert the town.

-Is that in the script?

-What if we gave the kid a disease?

-A disease?

-Braces on the leg, that sort of thing.

-But he runs.

-He could hobble.

A How Green Was My Valley thing.

Is that McDowall kid available?

-Too old. Plus, hes English.


-The scripts set in Tennessee.

-Did I get that page?

Forget the disease. Nobody wants it.

Its depressing.

-Boss is right. Who needs disease?

-Its horrible.

-I hate disease.

-Box-office poison.

Hold on. I think I got a "what if."

What if we give the character--

Whats his name?


-Terrible name. Change it.

-Say we give no-name a dog.

-A dog?

A dog. No-names faithful companion.

Toils at his masters side

in the coal mine.

Cave-in happens,

only the dog gets out.

Cause dogs are smaller, usually.

And its the dog that runs

up the hill and rings the bell.

Holy crap, thats beautiful.

-Im choked up.

-I got goose bumps.

Lassie pictures always gross high.

Instead of a disease,

we give the kid a dog?

-There is no kid. The kids a dog.

-Could be just what the movie needs.

Lets ask the writer.

What do you think, Pete?

Wow. Thats just...


Of course, its not

like the postcards say it is.

Its not glamour everywhere you look.

I should know. I live here.

This is my town.

It seems like everyone heres

from someplace else.

The reason? Movies.

Everybody loves the movies...

... which makes Hollywood

everybodys town.

They come here by the busload.

The next show will be starting

in five minutes.

Please step up

to purchase your tickets....




-There you go.

For most, Graumans Chinese Theater... the most exciting place

on the planet.

For me, its that and more.

Its the theater playing

my first film credit.

No, not that one.

I wish.

No, Im the B movie tonight.

Sand Pirates of the Sahara.

Not a bad picture, if I say so myself.

You gotta start somewhere.

God, I love seeing my name

on a poster.

Four years ago, in film lands

darkest hour...

...the so-called Hollywood 10...

...testified before the House Committee

on Un-American Activities...

...investigating the Communist menace

in Hollywood.

Have you ever been a member

of the Communist Party?

Communism is not related to this.

Refusing to answer questions...

...the 10 writers dared

Congress to come after them.

After years of wrangling,

its time to pay the piper.

Its off to jail.

The charge:
contempt of Congress.

A new round of hearings

begins this fall.

The mandate:
Get the Reds

out of Hollywood!

-Miss me?

-Every second.

Thats my girlfriend, Sandra Sinclair.

This is her town too.

Shes from Cleveland.

She came out here to be an actress.

And thats what shes doing.

The first picture

she ever appeared in...

... was the first picture I ever wrote.

The lovely Emily. My desert dove.

Did you think you could

just fly away from me?

-Hands off, Khalid!


-You! I thought you were dead.

-You thought wrong.

-Let her go.

-I find your persistence tiresome.

I get that a lot.

Roland, look out!

This time Ill make sure

youre dead.

Taste my steel, you dog.

Taste my steel, you dog.

We were young, we were in love...

...and we were working

in the pictures. Life was good.

Louise, what gives?

They gave everyone the day off.

-What about my pages? Are they typed?


Im on a deadline, I need my pages.

-Those men took them.

-What men? Those pages arent ready.

Pete, Im not even supposed

to be talking to you.

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Michael Sloane

Michael Sloane (born January 29, 1959) is an American screenwriter, known for writing the 2001 drama film The Majestic directed by his Hollywood High School friend Frank Darabont, and starring Jim Carrey. He has also been an actor. Sloane was born in Los Angeles. His acting credits include Teen Lust (1979) . He wrote and directed a 2002 short film, Two Paths. more…

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