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RIP big guy. He was an amazing actor that really revolutionized the craft. His early movies were my favourite. I unfortunately couldn't make it through the Godfather... I have fallen asleep every time.
Great Cast -
Marlon Brando .... Terry Malloy Won Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role 1955
Karl Malden .... Father Barry
Lee J. Cobb .... Johnny Friendly
Rod Steiger .... Charley
Eva Marie Saint .... Edie Doyle
Martin Balsam .... Gilette, Glover's colleague (as Marty Balsam)
Fred Gwynne .... Slim, dock henchman
Charley Malloy: Look, kid, I - how much you weigh, son? When you weighed one hundred and sixty-eight pounds you were beautiful. You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.
Terry Malloy: It wasn't him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, "Kid, this ain't your night. We're going for the price on Wilson." You remember that? "This ain't your night"! My night! I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money.
Charley Malloy: Oh I had some bets down for you. You saw some money.
Terry Malloy: 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.
What a great, classic film. One of my favorites, and definitely Brando's best performance. I'll never forget a few years ago when On the Waterfront's director Elia Kazan won a life achievement Oscar and was dissed by many of the enlightened ones in the audience because Kazan told the truth about anti-American activities by some of his colleagues during the 1950's. A different time, a time of some great films with great actors like Marlon Brando. RIP.