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On the Waterfront
Not Rated
108 minutes
Drama
1954

"I coulda been a contender" and "Palookaville" entered the lexicon via this outstanding drama of labor relations, dashed hopes and personal redemption. Marlon Brando won his first Academy Award® as the washed-up-boxer-turned-longshoreman who finds himself in the middle of a battle he can never hope to win. His scene in the back of the taxicab with Rod Steiger as his older brother has been imitated many times (most notably in RAGING BULL), but it has never lost a bit of its power. The extraordinary cast also includes Lee J. Cobb as the evil labor boss whose corruption drives the story, Karl Malden as the tough but kindly priest who tries to make sense of it all, plus Leif Erickson, Nehemiah Persoff and John Hamilton. Four young stars-to-be made their motion picture debuts: Eva Marie Saint (who won an Oscar® for Supporting Actress), Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne and Pat Hingle. Filmed on location in Hoboken, it was brilliantly realized by director Elia Kazan and scripter Budd Schulberg, with major contributions from composer Leonard Bernstein, designer Richard Day and cinematographer Boris Kaufman. Sam Spiegel personally produced the film after it had been rejected by every other studio; it won eight Oscars® in all, including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.

Cast
Marlon Brando
Terry Malloy
Karl Malden
Father Berry
Lee J. Cobb
Johnny Friendly
Rod Steiger
Charley Malloy
Leif Erickson
Glover
Eva Marie Saint
Edie Doyle
Pat Henning
Kayo Dugan
James Westerfield
Big Mac
Director
Elia Kazan
Writer
Screenplay and Original Story by Budd Schulberg; Suggested by Articles by Malcolm Johnson
Producer
Sam Spiegel
Facts
Oscars© Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Art Direction, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Picture, Writing (Story), Writing (Screenplay)
Country USA
Language English