Posted by: Chris Sandel | April 19, 2008

#19 On The Waterfront

Since my post about the AFI top 100 movies of all time I’ve been trying to see a few more that I have missed up to this point.  This afternoon I watched On The Waterfront with Marlon Brando and I really enjoyed it.  I wasn’t sure what to expect and honestly, with a name like On The Waterfront, I thought there was a good chance it could be a musical or a romance movie.  Not even close (though I suppose there is some romance).  It is actually all about a dock workers union and social action.  Brando’s character plays a regular guy who has to choose between keeping quiet and making pretty much everyone happy or speaking up and risking his own life and the lives of the people he cares for.  I wouldn’t call it an extremely religious movie but one of the primary people standing up against the crooked union is a local priest and at one point he gives an impassioned speech comparing Christ’s crucifiction with the deaths of every man who was killed by the union. 

If you haven’t seen it (and I think most of you haven’t) I’d definitetly recommend it.  Four thumbs up!

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