2020 Blind Spot Series: On the Waterfront
What I knew going in: All the Oscars it won and that famous line.
Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) is an ex-fighter working odd jobs on the docks for some shady people. After her brother is murdered, Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint) starts asking questions around the docks and catches Terry's eye.
I've heard a lot of people say this is one of Brando's best performances, so that's the main reason I added it to my Blind Spot list. He's great in this (The Godfather is still my #1 of his though) and Eva Marie Saint was as well. They had wonderful chemistry which I sometimes feel is lacking in older dramas that I watch. I found them both compelling and even though parts of the story felt slow, I was always interested in seeing where they went.
This is the second film I've seen from director Elia Kazan, the other being A Streetcar Named Desire, while I think I prefer that to On The Waterfront, I've still been thinking about this film quite a bit, even weeks after I've watched it.
Memorable Quote: "Conscience, that stuff can drive you nuts." - Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando)