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On the Waterfront

9 Ratings: 4.1
Classics and Drama movie directed by Elia Kazan

Marlon Brando's famous "I coulda been a contenda" speech is such a warhorse by now that a lot of people probably feel they've seen this picture already, even if they haven't. And many of those who have seen it may have forgotten … see full wiki

Director: Elia Kazan
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 1, 1954
MPAA Rating: Unrated
3 reviews about On the Waterfront
review by . March 19, 2006
Ask anyone what pops into their head when you mention ON THE WATERFRONT. Chances are it's the classic line "I coulda been a contender", delivered by Marlon Brando is one of his finest performances. Brando plays tough guy Terry Malloy, a boxer-turned-longshoreman working for a group of corrupt union bosses. He's content working on the docks day in and day out, never putting any thought into his life. Then he meets Edie Doyle (played by Eva Marie Saint), a young girl trying to find the person(s) responsible …
review by . July 07, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Most of the various lists of all-time greatest films include this one because it offers a rare combination of superior talent in all areas of production: directed by Elia Kazan...edited by Gene Milford...starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb...art direction by Richard Day...a screenplay written by Budd Schulberg based on Malcolm Johnson's novel...musical score composed by Leonard Bernstein...with cinematography provided by Boris Kaufman. Producer San Spiegel accepted …
review by . March 03, 2003
On the Waterfront neatly captures its historical and political context of mob corruption on the New Jersey waterfront, its screenplay is tight and lucid, and of course Marlon Brando's performance is truly electric (comparing favourably, in my view, with his highly over-rated contemporary James Dean - Brando can only have missed out on equivalent icon status by not having the foresight to plough his car into the back of a truck). The deftness of touch with which Brando has his knuckle-headed ex-boxer …
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