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Elia Kazan: The Actors’ Director

On the Waterfront

Brando heads an extraordinary cast in Kazan’s classic tale of crime, corruption and resistance in and around the New Jersey docks.

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USA 1954
Dir Elia Kazan
With Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb, Rod Steiger
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

Seen by some as Kazan and writer Budd Schulberg’s attempt to justify their ‘friendly’ testimony to the HUAC, this multi-Oscar®-winner remains a powerhouse drama in which a young longshoreman (Brando) slowly comes to recognise and regret his complicity with the mobsters controlling the unions at the New Jersey docks. The evocative use of locations, a memorable script and uniformly excellent performances produced an electrifying classic.

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