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On the Waterfront
The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks!
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.
One of the great American Classics that somehow managed to elude me all this time.
I now fully understand what people mean when they say that acting has a pre-Brando and a post-Brando era. Brando delivers a seminal performance here that shook things up mainly because he showed a natural quality to his acting that wasn't common in those days. He wasn't articulate, was very physical and clearly improvised a lot.
As an adept of the Actors Studio he was a practitioner of Method Acting and if ever there was a definitive example of what that can do to a performance, it is shown in Brando's portrayal of Terry Malloy. In a story…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
On the Waterfront is a masterpiece. That much anyone can be sure of as it concludes. But just why is it a masterpiece?
As I talked about in my review of Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire, that film dealt with the conflict between the old Hollywood romanticism and the incoming age of realism, where stories weren't overplayed, merely depicted. In many ways, On the Waterfront is a spiritual successor to that film, arriving after that conflict is over.
Seeing On the Waterfront in historical relevance with the other Best Picture nominees only seems to make it stand out more. Here, Italian Neo-Realism arrives to Hollywood. On the Waterfront may have aspects of it that…
Some people just have a face that sticks in your mind.
I'm eternally grateful to Elia Kazan for casting exceptionally handsome leading men in his films: James Dean, Gregory Peck, and my all-time favorite, Marlon Brando. In A Streetcar Named Desire Brando displayed such raw sex appeal and naturalism that I keep forgetting that I didn't like the film. But On the Waterfront is (finally!) a film starring Brando I can truly enjoy.
It's such a pity that he didn't seem to give a damn about his career. One look at his filmography and you wonder what the hell he was thinking, squandering his looks and talent all those years. Thankfully, On The Waterfront is utterly gripping from start to…
Can one simultaneously love and detest a work of art?
I was surrounded by both of these feelings when watching Elia Kazan's 1954 film On the Waterfront. It often is put on lists of top films of all time, and I do think it is fantastically done, but the message of this movie deeply troubled me.
To expand on this, let me explain the history of this film a bit. Elia Kazan was at one time close friends with the playwright Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman et al) in the late forties. They often came to each other for advice and even collaborated on occasion.
Cut to the early 1950s in America. The Red Scare was in full swing…
Why Marlon Brando is the Best Actor in the World?
Watch On The Waterfront, you will know why.
Story of Terry who could have been a contender, but now toils for a boss Johnny Friendly on the waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken when one of his worker friend is murdered with his help to lure him on the roof. But he fall's in love with Eddie who is the dead friends sister and starts to question his conscience. He gets in deep when his brother Charlie is killed for not killing him. He then tries to crush Friendly's empire by testifying.
One of exciting ting about this film is that it has a simple yet flowing screenplay with exceptional camera work.…
On The Waterfront is brilliant on every level of film making that you care to mention. OMG is it good.
And 'THAT' scene, the one everyone's read about 'I could have been a contender', I didn't see it coming and when I finally realised I got goosebumps and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
'It wasn't him, Charley! It was you.' I loved the scene and off the top of my head I would put it right up there with 'The Watch' scene from Pulp Fiction, 'The Sicilian' scene from True Romance and the scene from 'The Public Enemy', the one where James Cagney smashes a grapefruit into Mae Clarke's face (not that I'm condoning violence…
This can certainly be "a contender" for one of the greatest underdog stories! Brando, although quite frankly inaudible at times, becomes the people's champion by the end and you are rooting for him all the way! (I couldn't take my eyes off the man giant mobster guy, he was immense!)
On the Waterfront is a film that makes you truly feel for the hardworking, blue collar Americans who are under the thumb of people the law can't seem to touch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
'I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.' - Terry Malloy
I can see why this film is hailed as one of the best ever. Although for me it was a little bit slow in parts and a tad weird or dull, on the whole I hugely enjoyed it. It was momentous, it was high-stakes, it was the ultimate story of ordinary working class men trying to free themselves from the stranglehold of corrupt mobsters infesting their communities. Marlon Brando, who I have seen in The Godfather and I thought he was good in that, was brilliant in a whole different way here. He was the epitome of so many young men…
An excellent classic. The story is interesting and gripping but the thing that stands out is Marlon Brando's performance, which is simply magnificent.
A turning point in film acting for the entire cinematic world. There is a sense of honesty, truth, and sincerity in Brando's character that not many other films have ever coaxed out of an actor. The central story of corruption is one that has been told in many different ways before and since, but here it feels treated especially genuinely. The guilt we see overwhelm Brando as the film goes on feels so truly human - it reminds me of the humanity explored in many of Chaplin's best films. It is much more than a film about the triumph of the good over the corrupt, or of the underdog coming out on top.
I was massively disappointed with this film, Marlon Brando stands out as the finest thing by a country mile. To put it bluntly, I was bored and I'm still puffing my cheeks as to how this was the Academy's best film in 1954.
On The Waterfront - 10/10
One of the best films I have ever seen without a doubt. An instant favorite of mine. Extremely compelling and poignant story revolving around morality, the nature of power, corruption, redemption, and courage. Amazing performance from Brando who delivers one of my all-time favorite monologues in a scene with his in-film brother.
Extremely amazing just as an entertaining drama, but a deeper look will reveal some great thematic subtext.
Marlon Brando's performance is of course outstanding...I am convinced he is the best ad-libber I have ever seen...His monologues in AN was ad-libbed, and so was his monologue in this film, both are just beyond comprehension of awesomeness. I couldn't recommend this film enough for those that enjoy classics.
One of the best pre-1960's American Films there is, it's a lot darker than most films of that era and pushes the envelope as far as it was allowed at the time. Terrific acting by the entire cast in this one. Brando, Malden, Cobb and Eva Marie Saint are perfect choices for this film.
This controversial melodrama depicts a dock worker named Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) who stands up to the corrupt bullies who lead his union. Terry is not only a longshoreman, but a former prize-fighter. He enthusiastically cares for a flock of pigeons and seems to develop a significant emotional bond with them. This nurturing behavior seems counter-intuitive to Terry’s tough-guy persona, but these birds carry an implicit meaning as well. The filmmakers utilize these birds as symbols to underline important events and also to complement thematic elements in the narrative.
The film depicts Terry releasing a pigeon early in the narrative. It flies home to its coop to roost and not long after a human body (Jimmy) comes crashing down to…