Director: Elia Kazan Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, Martin Balsam (uncredited)
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marlon Brando); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eva Marie Saint); Best Director (Elia Kazan); Best Story and Screenplay (Budd Schulberg); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White; Best Film Editing
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Lee J. Cobb); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Karl Malden); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Rod Steiger); Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Leonard Bernstein)
I First Saw In: c. 2011
Synopsis: An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Quotables: TERRY: You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Charley.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This is a really good film, though if truth be told, the only really memorable moment is Marlon Brando’s contender speech. Notwithstanding, I do so love On the Waterfront.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233