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On the Waterfront
Academy Award® Winner
A dockworker struggles against his corrupt union bosses.
Starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden... View more >
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Jul 2, 2002
Not only one of the best movies of all time, but one of the best movie that ever came out of the 1950's. This is my favorite movie featuring Marion Brando (with "The Godfather" a close second) as a ex-boxer name Terry Malloy, who must take a stand against gangster who ran the waterfront.
There are plenty of good moments in the movie (1)As the film began, he helped sat up the murder of a dockworker. His sister Edie Doyle, played by Eva Marie Saint demanded to know who killed him.(2) When Terry heard he was killed, he he was shocked. He though that the gangsters will probaby lean on him, but he was wrong. (3) The gangsters are giving him conforable jobs like counting sacks that enter the ports, but later Malloy lost the job when it became clear that he is talking to Edie.(4) One of the best characters in the film is Father Barry, played by Karl Malden in one of the best performances of his career. (5) In one of the best scenes in the movie, Father Berry was inside of the ship after one of the workers was killed. That is the Jesus-praying-next-to-me speech and it was one of the best speeches in film history on the injustice of humankind. (6) Malloy befriends and later fall in love with Doyle at a meeting staged by Father Berry to stop the gangsters. During the meeting the gangs disrupted the meeting, sending everyone in all directions. It was Douyle who convinced Malloy to take the stand. (7) I've been a contender speech by Brando in the back of the moving car. (8) The music score is one of the best that I ever heard. I could go on, but there are plenty of memorable scenes in the movie.
The film was directed by Elia Kazan who during the blacklist, he name people who lost their jobs in the film industry. A few years ago, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Academy Awards. Half of the audience was standing on their feet claping,most sat and clap and many sat on their hands. Kazan was a great filmmaker, and what he did in the House committee on UnAmerican Activities in 1952 was wrong. But, his movies, which included "On the Waterfront," shouldn't be punished for what he did.
"On the Waterfront" stood the test of time since 1954, and I urge you to see it.
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