Peter Appleton is a Hollywood B-movie screenwriter about to get his big break in the 1950s. However, McCarthyism sets in and Peter is blacklisted from Hollywood because he attended a Communist meeting during college. Depressed and drunk, he takes a long drive and ends up in a car accident on a bridge that leaves his body knocked unconscious in the river.
He wakes up with amnesia on a beach in the small town of Lawson, and is taken in by an old man named Harry who believes Peter is his long-lost son Luke, who went missing in WWII. His life now regained meaning, Harry convinces Peter to help him renovate and reopen his run-down old movie theater, The Majestic. The experience brings Peter close to Harry and the rest of the townspeople, including Adele, the woman who was engaged to Luke before he was lost in the war.
But eventually Peter recovers his memory and realizes he is not Luke. Shortly afterward, the FBI shows up and Peter has to testify about his "Communist connections" to a Senate hearing committee. Peter is resigned to admitting connections he never truly had in order to appease the government, but Adele thinks he should stand up to them the way Luke would have.
The review of this Movie prepared by Sarah Bastin