Heartwarming / The Majestic

  • There's something surprisingly heartwarming about Harry Trimble's speech in the abandoned movie theater.
    Harry: That's why we call it The Majestic. Any man, woman, child could buy their ticket, walk right in. Here they'd be, here we'd be. "Yes sir, yes ma'am. Enjoy the show." And in they'd come entering a palace, like in a dream, like in heaven. Maybe you had worries and problems out there, but once you came through those doors, they didn't matter anymore. And you know why? Chaplin, that's why. And Keaton and Lloyd. Garbo, Gable, and Lombard, and Jimmy Stewart and Jimmy Cagney. Fred and Ginger. They were gods. And they lived up there. That was Olympus. Would you remember if I told you how lucky we felt just to be here? To have the privilege of watching them. I mean, this television thing. Why would you want to stay at home and watch a little box? Because it's convenient? Because you don't have to get dressed up, because you could just sit there? I mean, how can you call that entertainment, alone in your living room? Where's the other people? Where's the audience? Where's the magic? I'll tell you, in a place like this, the magic is all around you. The trick is to see it.
  • Bob. A man crippled by war, and as "Luke" accuses him of, perhaps more crippled than he himself thought, as he is incapable of showing warmth or any willingness to spend time with a girl who clearly has nothing but affection for him. From the beginning, Bob never hides the fact that he doesn't like "Luke," even confronting him about it, even saying he didn't like Luke and doesn't like "Luke," not caring whether he is or isn't actually Luke. During said confrontation, he seems barely able to hide a deep-seated pain as he declares the town has had way too many heartbreaks and feels "Luke" will bring more. Unwillingly, Peter does bring the town grief when he remembers he isn't Luke Trimble, and that he's accused of being a communist. Bob shows him utter contempt before he leaves and verbally hopes the American government sticks and bleeds him like a pig during his trial... but then, Peter delivers a speech so fiercely powerful, shaming the America that is unfairly and bitterly trying to bring him down and honoring Luke as well as any and all of the young men who died during the war, saying they deserve better than what they have. Bob is not only visibly touched by that moment, but by the time Peter eventually returns, he stands by Mabel (his lover) to warmly welcome Peter home, with a look of tenderness and kindness never before seen. Quite a lot of power coming from a side character.