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Watermelon farmer Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson) goes after the Mob, when they try to strong arm him to use their melon picking crew.
Bronson doing exactly what he does best: being a complacent, dedicated melon farmer and the baddest mother f-er with a rifle simultaneously. This film wastes no time getting to the good stuff. Bullets and flipping cars and explosive chaos all commence within the first 20 minutes but within the framework of a free form yet dryly straightforward story that pits Bronson as the ultimate fugitive rancher that you want to see him be. I'm slowly but surely piecing together the secret sauce that made Bronson films so effortless in the 70s. Between this, The White Buffalo, Death Hunt and so many others, the secret might be that his films are fun rides without being bogged down by plotting. This film…
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No-one seems to have a particularly great theory as to why Elmore Leonard's stories have largely failed to translate particularly successfully to feature films.
Having never read one of his books and, due to general restlessness and spending most of my spare time eating Jaffa Cakes, it being unlikely that I ever will, I don't have a theory either. Good or otherwise. Maybe Leonard's just largely been unlucky with the people that have adapted his stories. Or maybe they're just not the recipe for mainstream box office and widely critical success that some people think they are.
Aside from Get Shorty (which I didn't really like anyway) and Be Cool (which I haven't seen and am…
This is the quintessential virtuous underdog story. Bronson plays Vincent Majestyk, whose refrain of "I just want to get my melons picked" points not so much to an odd monomania, but to a humble sense of purpose that won't be denied, no matter the obstacles. Majestyk is a goddamn modern-day Aristotle in cowboy boots -- a lifetime of hard living has led him to develop a staunch moral character, and a right hook that'll knock your block off, if that's the way things have to go down.
As a movie that espouses righteous ass-kicking, the idea that braun is no good without brains, and the hope that the jerks in this world will get what's coming to them, Mr. Majestyk…
Charles Bronson is a melon farmer that treats his migrant workers well runs afoul of local thugs and ends up in jail with a high priced hit man that he proceeds to piss off. So of course the the hit man and his thugs come back to kill him but we learn that surprise, Bronson's character is a former Ranger, no not wildlife but Army. Car chases, gun fights and fist fights follow, it's a pretty standard script for movies made in the 70's and 80's.
It's an entertaining movie but to give you an idea as to how good it is I've seen it before but forgot about it. Charles Bronson doesn't play a character as much as walk around being himself saying things that he's told to say. The funny thing is it works when he's on the screen you watch him. It's worth seeing but once you do make a note of it because you'll forget it.
Bronson is at his coolest and cockiest here. A great slice of 70's tough guy cinema, which almost comes across as quite surreal considering the whole thing is really about Makestyk's melon crop. Never has the term "bad 'melon farmer'" been so true.
Also worth a mention is the great Al Lettieri as the films bad guy, a great no-nonsense, mean bastard performance, similar to his role in The Getaway.
Charles Bronson as a melon farmer who upsets a hitman and a show down happens on a melon farm and cabin. I was sold at Bronson being a melon farmer
"You make sounds like you're a mean little ass-kicker... only I ain't convinced. You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off. " - Vince Majestyk
Marty. Y'know what we got here? Motherfuckin' Charlie Bronson. Mr. Majestyk.
It may not be white boy day, but every day should be Motherfuckin' Charlie Bronson day.
"I shot him. And now I'm going to down to Emmett's Fix-It shop to fix Emmett."
Really exciting, old school action flick.
Mr. Majestyk action film directed by Richard Fleischer/ Starring Charles Bronson and Al Lettieri. The film is based on a novel written by Elmore Leonard.
Vince Majestyk (Charles Bronson) is a Colorado melon-grower who treats his immigrant workers decently. After he battles a corrupt labor operator (Bobby) Majestyk, though, is the one who lands in jail and becomes the target of an assassin (Al Lettieri).
Film opens beautifully and finishes in style. Charles Bronson doesn't seem to go on break in good-old-decade-of-70s. He owns charismatic personality in the film, fearless man without gun, his fist is enough to send guy like Al Lettieri flying down like a thin-light paper. Excellent music-score adds so much more to sweet story that is just worth watching again and again.
For those who can stomach the savage and senseless slaughter of watermelons, should enjoy this anti-hero action film, that is very similar to Billy Jack with it's social messages.
Solid, if unspectacular Bronson action/revenge flick. Add extra stars depending on how much you dig watermelons. Because there's a LOT of watermelon-related dialogue and action in this film.
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