On the Waterfront 3.0 stars

On the Waterfront movie poster
  • Rated NR

Elia Kazan's multi-Oscar-winner about racketeers on the New York docks and the broken-down, battle-scarred boxer who blows the whistle. (The revisionist view, in light of Kazan's naming of names to HUAC, is to see it as a rationale for ratting.) Marlon Brando, in a floridly indelible performance, is the sensitive palooka who raises pigeons, woos a virtuous Catholic girl (Eva Marie Saint in her screen debut), and has a big scene with his big brother (Rod Steiger) in the backseat of a taxi cab: "I coulda been a contender." A lot of it is over the top -- Leonard Bernstein's lurid music, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, the operatic finale -- but Boris Kaufman's gritty photography keeps it grounded. 1954.

Duncan Shepherd

This movie is not currently in theaters.


Sign in to comment

Let’s Be Friends

Subscribe for local event alerts, concerts tickets, promotions and more from the San Diego Reader