On the Waterfront

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Terry is in the coop with all the dead pigeons, he is holding a dead pigeon in one of his hands, and he grabs the hook with the other hand. But when he stands up the pigeon and the hook have switched places.

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Continuity mistake: As Terry approaches the coop, he has a dead pigeon in his left hand. The shot changes and he has it in his right hand, too quickly to have swapped it.

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Continuity mistake: When Johnny Friendly gets out of the water at the end, his hair is completely dry, even though he was just thrown in.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when Terry is in the coop talking to the detective, watch the rubber leg bands for the birds that he pulls off the wire and puts on a string.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Terry is travelling in the back of the car with his brother Charley then hops out his exit is shown from outside the car. He gets out the rear passenger side door but it is clear from the in car shots Terry is sat behind the driver and so would have to climb over Charley to get out the rear driver side door.

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Terry Malloy: I coulda been a contender! I coulda been a somebody!

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In the scene where Terry is in the coop with all the dead pigeons, he is holding a dead pigeon in one of his hands, and he grabs the hook with the other hand. But when he stands up the pigeon and the hook have switched places.

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Trivia

During the McCarthy Red Scare, director Elia Kazan decided to name suspected Communists in Hollywood and was severely criticized for doing so. It's widely believed this film was his attempt at vindication by portraying Terry Malloy as a hero who testifies in court against his friends.

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