This Is America: On the Waterfront (1954)

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“You don’t understand, I could’ve had class! I could’ve been a contender! I could’ve been somebody. Instead of a bum. Which is what I am.” Elia Kazan’s defiant masterpiece on the lure of corruption to escape destitution lost none of its punch after 66 years. Brando is on fire as an ex-prize fighter and dockworker growing a pair by standing up to corrupt union bosses in the New York City port. Writer Budd Schulberg adapted his own novel for the screen in this Sisyphean story of the working man reduced to a cog in a corrupt machine.

Regie: Elia Kazan

Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb



Land: VS

Speelduur: 108 minuten

Taal: Engels

Ondertiteling: Geen


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On The Waterfront (1954)
Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) persuaded him to throw a fight. When a longshoreman is murdered before he can testify about Friendly’s control of the Hoboken waterfront, Terry teams up with the dead man’s sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) and the streetwise priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) to testify himself, against the advice of Friendly’s lawyer, Terry’s older brother Charley (Rod Steiger).