on the waterfront

[1954, directed by Elia Kazan [AA for Academy Award], written by Budd Schulberg [AA], and starring Marlon Brando [AA]. Eva Marie Saint won an AA for supporting actress in her first film, and the film won eight Oscars in all, including Best Picture, and was nominated for at least twelve. This is one of the most famous movies of all time and has one of the most famous scenes, the one in the taxi with Terry [Brando] and his brother Charlie, played by Rod Steiger. Leonard Bernstein was nominated for the music, which has some of the themes that show up just a few years later when his “West Side Story” was first performed. Lee J. Cobb, who plays Johnny Friendly, was the original Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway in 1949.

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