On The Waterfront

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Often on the list of top 100 movies ever, On the Waterfront, was the perfect vehicle for Marlon Brandon’s sulky, sensual persona, for which he won a best actor Oscar. The plot revolves around an ex-fighter who works on the docks in the mid-1950s. It’s a fact-based story of a longshoreman, Terry Malloy, who is ostracized and finally beat for informing against mobsters who have taken over his union.

Not only is it a thrilling movie with wonderfully dramatic and cinematic qualities, but it’s a social commentary on political corruption. Yet, it shows the heroism of individuals who speak out. It relays the message that without such people, the United States would not have become the great country that it is. The US has a wonderful political system that the rest of the world can only wish for as teh movie subdues.

In a discussion with his older brother, Terry complains that his brother did not guide him well. His brother pushed him to take “dives” in his boxing career, which ended up knocking him out for a shot at the championship. “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody….”

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