On The Water Front
The 1955 Academy Awards were dominated by ON THE WATERFRONT, a gritty, black and white masterpiece, which takes us down to the highly unionised New Jersey docks, then controlled by the mob.
A real tale of corruption and murder on the waterfronts is transformed into a fiction - as a simple minded ex-boxer, played by Marlon Brando, wrestles with his conscience as he turns informer to win the girl he loves.
ON THE WATERFRONT not only delivers us the most famous scene ever to take place in the back of a taxi, ( "I coulda been a contender!"), it also showcases the talents of director Elia Kazan, and an astonishingly strong support cast - Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb and newcomer Eva Marie Saint (pictured) - Method Acting at its height.
Producer: Sara Jane Hall.