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On The Waterfront


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  On The Waterfront Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
 
Average Rating
9.63 /10
 
Starring
Marlon Brando , Karl Malden , Lee J. Cobb
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Directed by: Elia Kazan
Written by: Budd Schulberg from Malcolm Johnson's articles

 
 
 
Released: 1954
   
Genre: DRAMA
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 108
 
 


 
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

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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.


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