A washed-up ex-boxer (Marlon Brando, pictured right with Rod Steiger) has to decide whether to squeal on the racketeers who dominate a dockside union.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey
Marlon Brando gives his most powerful screen performance, in a magnificent melodrama which updated the 1930s gangster picture, mixed it with Method Acting at its best, and applied it to 1950s union racketeering. Boris Kaufman's cinematography, Richard Day's art direction and Gene Milford's editing won Oscars. Leonard Bernstein's score was only nominated, but it is one of the most dramatically effective in the history of cinema.