On the Waterfront


Film Info
Series:Essential Cinema
Run Time:108 min
Release Year:1954
Sponsored By:Farmers State Bank
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Elia Kazan
Cast Members:Marlon Brando, Eve Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb
Writers:Budd Schulberg


The Roxy Theater is proud to present Essential Cinema, a monthly series of the most iconic and important films the artform has to offer.

Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. A raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and social corruption, On the Waterfront follows Terry’s deepening moral crisis as he must decide whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) and Johnny’s right-hand man, Terry’s brother, Charley (Rod Steiger), as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savory, streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscars®, including for best picture, director, actor, supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint), and screenplay.

Sponsored by Farmers State Bank!