1954 – On the Waterfront

I’m not usually a fan of New England gang movies, but this is pretty classic bad boy falls in love with good girl and realizes his self-worth because of her.  Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, an ex-prize fighter who meets Edie Doyle after watching her brother get pushed off a rooftop.  He starts pursuing her and exposes his sensitive side, and she starts incubating feelings for him and becomes protective because of them. (And who can resist a young Marlon Brando?)

It wasn’t my favorite, but Steve really enjoyed it.  I guess it’s more of a “guy film.”  I felt like it was a preview for the Godfather movies we’ll be watching later.  Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised by the Godfathers, as I was with this film.  Even though I didn’t love it, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

If you do choose to view this film, I recommend getting a disc with special features.  It really helped me to appreciate all that went into to film to watch male actors and filmmakers get all mushy in front of the camera over the “I coulda been a contender” scene.

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