The Majestic is a 2001 American historical romance film directed and produced by Frank Darabont, written by Michael Sloane, and starring Jim Carrey in the title role. The film also features Bob Balaban, Brent Briscoe, Jeffrey DeMunn, Amanda Detmer, Allen Garfield, Hal Holbrook, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, Ron Rifkin, David Ogden Stiers, and James Whitmore. The film depicts a 1951 Hollywood screenwriter suspected of being a communist. After suffering amnesia as the result of a road traffic collision, he is taken in by the locals of a small town, who mistake him as a local resident who went MIA while serving in the military during World War II.
Filmed in Ferndale, California, it premiered on December 11, 2001, and was released in the United States on December 21, 2001.
Jim Carrey's performance in The Majestic was a departure from his previous work, which until then had mostly been comedy films. The film was poorly received from critics and grossed $37 million worldwide against a budget of $72 million, losing an estimated $49 million. The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2002, and failed to reach the Top 10.