On the Waterfront is a crusading indictment of corruption in the New York docks where the Union is all-powerful. As the main characters struggle over morals, power, conscience and love, the many levels of meaning shift in and out of focus.
Elia Kazan’s direction and Brando’s incendiary performance produce an outstanding interpretation of Budd Schulberg’s script. The quality supporting cast includes the likes of Lee J. Cobb and Rod Steiger.
Boris Kaufman’s photography accentuates the hardship of the grimy life the families trapped in the NY dockside ghetto lead.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: On The Waterfront
Direction: Elia Kazan
Screenplay: Budd Schulberg
Cinematography: Boris Kaufman
Editing: Gene Milford
Score: Leonard Bernstein
Stars: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Ben Wagner, Fred GwynneMartin BalsamPat Hingle