Watched Elia Kazan's 1954 Classic "On The Waterfront"

Last week, we watched “Raging Bull”, and in that movie, Robert De Niro (as Jake LaMotta) recites some lines from tonight’s film.  We continued the AFI 100 with #19, “On The Waterfront”

Our friend A hosted dinner and the movie at his place.  Dinner (my favorite--steak, salad and potatoes!) was delicious.  Thanks to A for the use of your TV and the tasty food!


This is a film about an ex-prize fighter that becomes a longshoreman.  It’s the story of the mob controlling the labor at the docks.   

It starts with Terry Malloy, played by Marlon Brando, witnessing the murder of a fellow dock worker.  The transformation of Brando’s character is truly impressive and in my opinion, totally believable.  He was nominated four consecutive years for Best Actor, and this is the film he won his first Academy Award.

On top of Brando’s brilliance, all of the supporting characters turn in great performances that fit the story so well.  Each one of the characters contributed to the events of the film and to the change in Terry.

And, of course, there’s the famous scene in the car with his brother.  It’s very powerful, especially, in hindsight, with what happens next.  

I can’t say enough nice things about this film.  It’s very deserving of the
eight Academy Awards that it won, including Best Picture and Best Actor.  If you haven’t seen it, go see it.

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