On the Waterfront (1954)

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A slightly dim-witted ex-boxer, working on the docks of Hoboken's waterfront, is challenged to step up to the mobsters who control the longshoremen's' union by appearing before a state commission as witness after his lawyer brother and best friend are rubbed out. Prodding him to this calling are the local priest and the girl he loves -- the sister of his murdered friend.


  • Marlon Brando
  • Karl Malden
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Rod Steiger
  • Pat Henning
  • Leif Erickson
  • James Westerfield
  • Tony Galento
  • Tami Mauriello
  • John F. Hamilton

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The acting and the best dialogue passages have an impact that has not dimmed; it is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The chance to watch a four-star classic the way it was meant to be seen -- fresh print, big screen -- is so rare as to be worth the trip.

Metacritic review by Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe