Sunday, May 8, 2011

Two Line Reviews - #229

Movie: On the Waterfront (1954)

Plot: A shoreman is killed by the men who monopolise work at a harbour for not bending to their ways. One of the union leader's own men slowly sympathises with the dead man's sister thanks to the realisation of how wasteful his career had been ruined by them. When he serves witness on court against the murder, he's in so much trouble but wins his way through the ordeal.

  • Marlon Brando is at his best. What an actor!! His spontaneity in action is bewildering and he sees off his role as the boxer turned bum with aplomb.
  • The film inspires thanks to some nicely etched characters - the truth-seeking sister of the murdered, the church father & Brando's himself.
  • The golden warrior side story & dialogues are pulsating too.
  • Lee.J.Cobb plays the role of the ill-tempered Union leader goon to perfection.
 A must-watch for Brando's acting lessons!

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