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As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, "On the Waterfront" is indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished. Even more today than half a century ago, it demands to be seen.
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The acting and the best dialogue passages have an impact that has not dimmed; it is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.
Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance.
Like many cult films, it is also less than the sum of its parts.
Moviemaking of a rare and high order. (Review of Original Release)
On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
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OK for kids 13+
Raises important issues about the nature of power.
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Parents need to know that this movie raises some important issues about the nature of power.
Messages: Not an issue
Violence: Fighting; menacing thugs; a body hung on a fence to intimidate another character.
Sex: Not an issue
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcohol in tavern. Terry takes Edie for her first beer, which makes her a little giddy.
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