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Basics Critics:85Viewers:77Rusty:83
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Crime Fiction, Drama, ThrillerNarrative location: New JerseyRuntime: 103 - 108 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New JerseyDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: Budd SchulbergMusic: Leonard BernsteinCinematography: Boris KaufmanStars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Rudy Bond Producer: Sam SpiegelAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Marlon Brando)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White (Richard Day)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Boris Kaufman)
Academy Award for Best Director (Elia Kazan)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Gene Milford)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Sam Spiegel)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Budd Schulberg)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Leonard Bernstein)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Karl Malden)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Lee J. Cobb)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Rod Steiger)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando and features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and, in her film debut, Eva Marie Saint. The soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. It is based on Crime on the Waterfront, a series of articles published in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson that won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. The stories detailed widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. On the Waterfront was a critical and commercial success and received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1997 it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time. It is Bernstein's only original film score not adapted from a stage production with songs.

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