RARA-AVIS: Re: Elmore Leonard's MR MAJESTYK

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Jun 2005

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "thebradstevens" <bradstevens22@h...> wrote:
> Does anyone know if Elmore Leonard's novel MR MAJESTYK was written
> before or after Leonard wrote the screenplay for the film (which,
> like the novel, appeared in 1974)? The film's credits simply
> attribute the screenplay to Elmore Leonard, without any mention of it
> being adapted from a novel. Since Leonard has mentioned writing the
> film for Clint Eastwood prior to HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (which was made
> in 1972), I suspect this is an original screenplay that Leonard
> novelized (perhaps specifically for the film tie-in edition).

I don't know which came first, but the novel is a nasty hardboiled package. I reread it not long ago and it holds up splendidly. Should one call it a hardboiled western? By the way, I didn't like the film nearly as much as the novel.



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