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On the Waterfront

Director Elia Kazan and star Marlon Brando received well-deserved Academy Awards for this no-holds-barred drama about corruption, brutality and justice on the docks of New York City. In addition, the film received Oscars for Cinematography, Editing, Art Direction, Screenplay, and Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint). Many feel that this was Brandos ultimate role, as a washed-up fighter who coulda been a contender, but who ultimately finds his conscience and his salvation. He is more than ably supported by method stars Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Karl Malden (all of whom received Best Supporting Actor nominations for their roles in this seminal film of the 50s.) Though at times almost excruciatingly brutal and suspenseful, the film is also filled with moments of great sensitivity and insight, making powerful statements about issues of the time. This is one movie that gets better and better with each viewing. Dont miss it! (Bill Roth)