Last night, courtesy for he folks at Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events, we attended a screening of the 1954 classic movie, "On The Waterfront" at the Cinemark North Hills in McCandless. This movie is truly a "classic" and, trust me, there is nothing like seeing such movies in an honest-to-God movie theater on a big screen.
The movie is a tale of corruption in the longshoreman's union on the Hoboken, NJ docks. It was filmed on location in Hoboken and it certainly capture the grittiness of the subject matter. The movie was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won eight Oscars:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor - Marlon Brando
- Best Supporting Actress - Eva Marie Saint
- Best Director - Elia Kazan
- Best Screenplay - Budd Shulberg
- Best Cinematography
- Best Art Direction
- Best Film Editing
One of the Oscars it did not received was for Best Music Score, which was composed by some guy you may have heard of - Leonard Bernstein!
In addition, three of the actors - Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, and Lee J. Cobb all received nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and each was excellent.
The undeniable Star with a capital S of this movie, though, was the then twenty-nine year old Brando. He was absolutely mesmerizing as Terry Malloy. When he was on screen, you absolutely could not take your eyes off of him. If you only know Brando as Vito Corleone of "The Godfather", please make it a point to see him in "On The Waterfront".
As you can see from the picture at the top of this post, Fathom Events will also be showing "On the Waterfront" on Wednesday night this week at "Select Cinemas". If you take the time to go and see it on Wednesday, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
I will close with a clip form this scene from the movie. It is perhaps its most famous scene, the one that is always shown on TV specials about great movies. It is even greater when seen within the context of the entire movie.