On the Waterfront (1954)* Former prizefighter and not-so-bright Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) is a longshoreman and occasional helper to Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb), who runs the longshoreman’s union with a corrupt iron fist. Terry’s brother (Rod Steiger) is Johnny’s right-hand man, which complicates relationships. When Terry is used as a tool in the murder of a “squealer” longshoreman, he’s torn. A priest (Karl Malden) and a love interest that is the sister of the murdered longshoreman (Eva Marie Saint) tear him further. Cobb chews the scenery while Brando is as cool as ever. A departure from most 50’s fare; has a gritty feel. Awf Hand gives four out of four stars and adds: For those who are only familiar with Brando’s later work (70’s), it’s highly worth your while to see him in his youth. It’s also obvious that this film had influence on Scorcese’s style of filmmaking. It seems like a movie he would have made.
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