Monday, April 20, 2009

Classic Movie - On The Waterfront

Marlon Brando

I think this is one of Marlon Brando's greatest performances. He plays an ex-boxer, now a dock worker who stands up to a corrupt union boss after a fellow longshoreman is murdered. His character, Terry Malloy, plays a tough guy who doesn't trust anyone, even the Priest that spends a lot of time on the docks trying to help the longshoreman. Terry is pressured by his brother to keep quiet about the union's activities. Before you know it, he is summoned to court to testify on what he knows about the murder.
Back in those days, there was a lot of pressure to join a union. Some men were afraid of joining because they were told they would be fired and sometimes their families would be threatened.
Brando's famous line, which is identified with this movie is, "You don't understand! I could've been a contender. I could've had class and been somebody." I don't want to tell you the whole story, I want you to watch the movie.
This is not a romance movie or comedy. It's kind of on the dark side, but it shows us how bad things were in those days. Great performance.
Anyway, I love classic movies and I think this is one you shouldn't miss.

Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director
Starring: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Made in 1954, Black & White, Not-rated

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