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This review is from: On the Waterfront [DVD] (1954) (DVD)
The 'Contender' scene should be spliced into every single film reel to show audiences what acting is really all about. Right before Schwarzenegger spits out his latest catch phrase or Adam Sandler plays the angry young man again, movie viewers should witness the timing, the choices and the emotion included in this 4 minute scene. Not only this, the entire movie displays how Hollywood used to get it right. How acting ability ment a movie became a hit and not merely due to a face on a poster or months of teaser trailers (thank you George Lucas). A story that shows more than 'One man's struggle...' Eliah Kazan's direction off screen and Brando's on screen performance meant that the primary cast produce mouth watering characters that probably existed on the dock's of New York in the 40's. Other noticable performances are by Malden (a name that should be as well known as all his peers), Steiger (watch his face during the contender scene and you can see the turmoil in his character's mind contest his feelings) and Eva Marie Saint (an oscar winner for supporting actress). The features add a nice touch to the DVD - especially the 'Mastering the Method' feature, however the movie alone should justify the purchase of this title. Terry Malloy should be a name up there or ahead of Vito Corleone in cinematic histroy.