The Majestic (DVD, 2002)
In this movie, Jim Carey became a serious actor. As a Hollywood screen-writer, Peter Appleton's patriotism is called into question over a meeting that he attended years ago with a past girlfriend. The meeting was deemed as subversive. He is suspended and his movie put on hold, and he is ordered to appear and testify at a Senate Hearing on un-American activities. He drinks too much and goes for a drive to clear his mind and has an accident. . .
The next morning he wakes up on a beach with no memory of who he is or where he is from. He has no identification. A local man takes him to a doctor and soon everybody recognizes him as Luke Trimbol, a local hero, and Medal of Honor winner who went missing in the war more than ten years ago. Even his apparent father believes that he is the missing son. Eventually, the entire town and even the fiancee left behind when he went off to war, believe that he is in fact Luke Trimbol. With no memory, and everyone else so sure, it is easy to understand how he was convinced too. This small California town had given almost one hundred of its children to the war and the return of just one of them was ample reason for jubilation. Luke had grown up in the apartment above the movie theater, "The Majestik". After the crippling losses of the war, the entire town was in depression, and it's spirit just died. The Majestik fell into disrepair, and for years the town went on, but was deeply changed. Now, the happiness, or at least some of it, has returned. . . It is time to celebrate, to have a party, to live once more.
Although he still couldn't remember anything, Luke was beginning to accept who he was, and who his father and girlfriend were, and he was trying hard to believe all he was hearing. His father decides it is time to try to reopen the theater, and he and Luke begin the process. Spurred on by this project, the entire town gets into the spirit of it, and eventually it reopens to the cheer of the entire town. Once again, there was joy and hope in their town; once again there was life and happiness. One day while polishing the window over a show bill, Luke's memory floods back when he recognizes the title of the movie as one that he had written. He now remembers that he is Peter Appleton, and not Luke Trimbol. He doesn't know what to do or where to turn. Suddenly the man who he thought was his father; the man who had embraced him as his returned son, and had loved him, has a heart attack and dies. Shortly following the funeral, he tries to tell his girlfriend the truth, but the FBI shows up and he is outed to the town.
Nobody knows how to feel, and many are now suspicious of him. Forced to return to LA and testify in a Senate hearing on communism, he has been advised to deliver an apology admitting his error and that would be the end of it. However, the foreman of the hearing tried to make him look like a communist, and Peter refused to accept this. Instead he quoted the constitution to him and the right of free speech and assembly, and held up Luke Trimbol's Medal of Honor. He further chastised the entire panel and hearing as anti-American, and got up and left. They had inadvertently made a hero of him.
Having never known such acceptance and joy anywhere else, he returns to the woman he has grown to love. He will roll the dice and see what happens. When he returns, he finds that the entire town has heard his testimony and what he has said about their town, and welcome him home as a native son.