Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cinematic Ass-Kickings

Okay, so I’m a guy. Frankly, I don’t cozy up to violence in film at all but there are two cinematic scenes that get me every time I watch them. The first is the whooping laid upon Marlon Brando in ‘On the Waterfront’ by the union thugs down at the docks. The second is the ass-kicking administered by Sonny Corleone to his brother-in-law after his repeated attacks on his sister in The Godfather. These are good fights, I think.  If you disagree or have something to add to the list please post your thoughts.  (Star Wars, Matrix, Harry Potter and Rocky films are not eligible.) 

4 Comments:

Blogger Ken Van Durand said...

In "One Eyed Jacks," Brando suffered a whipping from Carl Malden. Malden broke his gun hand at the fight's conclusion. The scene is seared in my memory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMGJmEGfBN4

February 19, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Thom Schuyler said...

Ouch!

February 19, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

The scene in Fight Club where Norton beats his own ass up in the manager's office.

February 27, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger crichar3 said...

There is little about The Godfather (or The Godfather II) that is not classic, so when Sonny opened that can of whoop ass on his brother-in-law, well, it was awesome.

I would offer for consideration the fight scene in the Paris apartment in the Bourne Identity as another classic. In a similar vein, there was a fight scene in the Bourne Ultimatum that was mostly blurred, tight shots where much of the violence was implied. That, to me, was elegant for its restraint.

-- Chris in Madison

February 27, 2009 at 11:51 PM  

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