On the Waterfront

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BBFC RatingOn the Waterfront

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Director(s)Elia Kazan
Writer(s)Budd Schulberg
Running Time1HR 47MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. Join us in commemorating the film's 70th anniversary with this brand new 4K restoration.

A raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and social corruption, On the Waterfront follows Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them.

Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savoury, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Support Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay and features an iconic musical score from Leonard Bernstein.

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