Mr. Majestyk

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Mr. Majestyk
Mr Majestyk movie poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Written by Elmore Leonard
Based on Mr. Majestyk by
Elmore Leonard
Starring Charles Bronson
Al Lettieri
Linda Cristal
Lee Purcell
Music by Charles Bernstein
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Edited by Ralph E. Winters
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • July 12, 1974 (1974-07-12)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mr. Majestyk is a 1974 American action film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles Bronson. The film is from an original screenplay written by author Elmore Leonard. He also wrote the novelization based on the movie, a reversal of the usual process of adaptation. Leonard took the title character's last name from a character in his 1969 crime novel The Big Bounce.


Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson) is a farmer, a former U. S. Army Ranger instructor and Vietnam War veteran, who owns and operates a watermelon farm in rural Colorado. He needs to harvest his crop in order to keep the farm financially solvent.

A small-time hoodlum, Bobby Kopas (Paul Koslo), attempts to coerce Majestyk into a protection racket of using unskilled drunks to harvest his watermelon crop. Majestyk runs Kopas off with his 12 gauge Winchester Model 1200 shotgun and hires skilled Mexican migrant workers, including Nancy Chavez (Linda Cristal), a crops picker union leader. They begin a relationship. Kopas brings assault charges against Majestyk, resulting in the farmer being arrested and held in the local jail.

In jail, Majestyk meets and annoys Frank Renda (Al Lettieri), a notorious mob hit man being transferred to a higher-security prison. Renda's men try to break him out of police custody during a prisoner transport by bus. In the escape attempt, Majestyk drives off in the bus with Renda still in handcuffs. Majestyk plans on trading Renda to the police in return for being released to finish his harvest. Renda offers his captor $25,000 for his freedom, but Majestyk just wants to get back and pick his melons.

With the help of his girlfriend Wiley (Lee Purcell), Renda escapes from Majestyk. He meets up with his right-hand man Lundy (Taylor Lacher) and plans his revenge on Majestyk. Renda is advised to fly to Mexico to elude a police dragnet looking for him, but he wants revenge. He tells his men to find the "melon picker" so that he can have the satisfaction of killing him personally.

Majestyk turns the tables. He sets a trap at Renda's cabin hideout. Renda betrays his own men, leading to Lundy's death. He attempts to use Kopas as bait to lure out Majestyk, but Kopas aids Majestyk instead. In a final showdown, Majestyk kills Renda, and Kopas and Wiley are arrested.



The movie was filmed on location in La Junta, Colorado, Canon City, Colorado, Rocky Ford, Colorado, and Manzanola, Colorado.


The movie was popular with Bronson action film enthusiasts. Howard Thompson of the New York Times said, "Except for some dutiful splattering of gore, it ticks along rather steadily, under Richard Fleischer's unruffled direction. There is a take-it-or-leave-it air that snugly suits the star's performance, or vice versa."[1]


The Ford Motor Company used scenes licensed from the movie showing extreme driving of Majestyk's Ford Pickup truck during commercials for its 1974 F-150 model.[2]

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  1. ^ Howard, Thompson (July 18, 1974). "Bronson is a Farmer in 'Mr. Majestyk". 
  2. ^ "Ford Trucks Beating - (1976) - 0:30 (USA)". Adland ®. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 

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