On The Waterfront

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(out of 5)


Incredible drama that still crackles with tension after almost fifty years. is brilliant as a fighter turned longshoreman who gets involved in the strikes going on among his colleagues along New York City’s harbour. Having been brought into this semi-criminal life by his brother, he now desires to turn against his bosses and have them be held responsible to the law for their inhumane business practices. The question that remains is whether or not he’s willing to risk his life for it. Brando couldn’t possibly be better in the extremely well-written lead role (which was originally offered to Montgomery Clift), and he is given ample support by , ,  and a debuting (though you wouldn’t know it) .


USA, 1954

Directed by Elia Kazan

Story and Screenplay by , suggested by articles by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards
Best Actor (Marlon Brando as “Terry Malloy”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eva Marie Saint as “Edie Doyle”)
Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (Richard Day)
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (Boris Kaufman)
Best Directing (Elia Kazan)
Best Film Editing (Gene Milford)
Best Motion Picture (Sam Spiegel, producer)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay) (Budd Schulberg)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Lee J. Cobb as “Johnny Friendly”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Karl Malden as “Father Barry”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Rod Steiger as “Charles Malloy”)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Leonard Bernstein)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Marlon Brando)
Best Director (Elia Kazan)
Best Cinematography-Black and White (Boris Kaufman)

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