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On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan(1954) 


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       On the Waterfront takes place along the docks of New Jersey and concerns the lives of working class people.  The movie, directed with a sure hand by Elia Kazan, is about mob violence and corruption within the Longshoreman's Union.  With a cast including Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger and Lee J. Cobb all directed by Kazan, the movie could hardly go wrong.  However, it did much better than that.  It will remain a classic for its milieu, made better by the black and white cinematography, and its subject matter involving ordinary people with the strength, courage and determination to set right what is wrong and unjust.  They do all this and still dream.  Marlon Brando's line "I could have been a contender" may be one of most repeated lines in cinematic history.  Bravo to everyone who had a hand in this film.

On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan was reviewed by Princess 

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