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.) 


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.

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


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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