ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
"I coulda been a contenduh," agonizes ex-boxer Marlon Brando as he gets mixed up in corruption and murder in a Hoboken longshoreman's union, thanks to his brother, mob mouthpiece Rod Steiger. When he's forced to face his victim's sister, Eva Marie Saint (in her first film role), Brando incarnates a new American film archetype, the sensitive man of few words. His minimalist dialogue scenes with Saint arguably top even the legendary cab confrontation with Steiger. "If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don't know what it is," said director Elia Kazan. Eight Oscar® wins, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay and Cinematography, plus an Oscar®-nominated score by Leonard Bernstein. DIR Elia Kazan; SCR Budd Schulberg; PROD Sam Spiegel. U.S., 1954, b&w, 108 min. NOT RATED
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