Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

On the Waterfront (1954)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1954

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108 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee Cobb

Genres: Crime, Drama

IMDB 8.3 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 91 / Metascore 88 / Decent Films A+

Oscars: nominated for 12, won 8 (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Writing, Editing, Art, Cinematography)

Ranked #22 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. IMDB 8.3 rating from over 56,061 users

For all its great dramatic and cinematic qualities, and its fiery social criticism, Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront is also one of the most gripping melodramas of political corruption and individual heroism ever made in the United States, a five-star gut-grabber. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 188 users

Based on a true story of racketeering on the New York waterfront religion and social action finally meet in Hollywood… Cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking Father Barry (Karl Malone), based on real-life Jesuit Fr. John M. Corridan, takes on the corruption and strong-arm tactics of the mob bosses who control the lives of hardworking longshoremen… In his great “sermon on the docks” speech, Fr. Barry puts the moral issues of the waterfront in a christological light: “Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up… every time the mob puts the crusher on a good man — tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen — it’s a crucifixion… Christ is always with you… And He’s saying with all of you, if you do it to the least of mine, you do it to Me!” (Jewish screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who spent time on the waterfront with Fr. Corridan in preparation for writing the screenplay, has said that the sermon is “eighty percent” Corridan’s own words, from a speech he heard Corridan give numerous times.) Read full Decent Films review (rated A+ , Superior artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up)

MRQE 91% from over 55 reviews

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