A longshoreman and ex boxer named Terry Malloy witnesses a murder perpetrated by his corrupt union. When a beautiful young woman comes into the picture that just so happens to be the murdered man’s sister, Terry feels obligated to stand up to his bosses as a result of his recent relations with her.
With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan’s thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by On the Waterfront (1954)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Winner of Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Academy Award.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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