AFI Top 100: No. 19 On the Waterfront


“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Charley.”

Terry’s whole life involved doing what he was told by people who did not have his best interest at heart. Many times, his following instructions without question had a significant cost. On the Waterfront highlights the two that had the biggest impact on his life, and both involved favors for his brother. The scene that stole the entire movie was when Terry finally realized he had depended on his brother for too long. The sad and confused look on Terry’s face and the full understanding on Charley’s was captured perfectly.
On The Waterfront was sad yet triumphant. It lives up to its hype and is one everyone should take the time to watch.

Next Up: The General.

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