Jim Carrey stars as Peter Appleton, a Hollywood screenwriter who, in1951, receives a summons to testify before the feared House Un-AmericanActivities Committee. But Appleton accidentally crashes his car,develops amnesia and ends up in a small town. His remarkable resemblanceto a missing World War II hero, Luke Trimble, causes the residents,including Luke's girlfriend, to rejoice at his "homecoming." Thesoldier's father (Academy Award winner Martin Landau) happily welcomeshis "son," and, together, they refurbish the town's decaying movietheater, The Majestic. But when a film that he wrote plays there,Appleton regains his memory. Now he must choose between the life he leftbehind and the new one he's grown to love.