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Film Studies 101
Classic Scene

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ON THE WATERFRONT
"I coulda been a contender..."

SETTING THE SCENE  Terry and Charlie's showdown in the back of the car.

Terry: You remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and said 'Kid, this ain't your night. We're goin' for the price on Wilson'. You 'member that? 'This ain't your night'. My night! I coulda taken Wilson apart. So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors in a ball park and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palookaville. You was my brother, Charlie. You shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You should taken care of me just 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... 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."

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Posted on Wednesday October 9, 2013, 09:20 by bobulus
Would be nice to have some background information for the uneducated i.e. the actors involved, setting the scene, a synopsis of the film, etc, rather than just the title and a few lines of dialogue from the film Read More

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Posted on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 22:44 by TPM007
Surely if we're putting this long running feature of the magazine online now, there should be a link to some form of video of the clip too? Read More

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Posted on Monday October 7, 2013, 15:08 by MojoMonkey
This is an awesome scene, I would like to have seen more of it rather than just the famous monologue. Also, it's a shame the reproachful, "It was YOU, Charlie", was missed off the end. Don't want to sound too critical; great feature, great scene! Read More


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