Criterion Bringing On The Waterfront (1954) To Blu-ray

Source: FilmCraveOn The Waterfront - Theatrical Poster - Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Criterion will bring the classic On The Waterfront to Blu-ray this February.  The film was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, and Rod Steiger.  On The Waterfront will be in stores on Criterion Blu-ray on February 19, 2013.

In the film, the Waterfront Crime Commission is about to hold public hearings on union crime and underworld infiltration.  As workers are turned against each other, Terry Malloy (Brando) inadvertently participates in the murder of fellow longshoreman Joey Doyle.  Union boss Johnny Friendly (Cobb) orchestrates the murder along with other illegal dockside activities, aided by Terry’s brother Charley (Steiger).  Terry begins to feel pangs of conscience.  When Joey’s sister Edie sees more in Terry than he sees in himself and Father Barry (Malden) urges him on, Terry reassesses his past and begins to regain responsibility for his actions.

On The Waterfront was released in June 1954 and grossed over $9 million at the box office.  The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning 8, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Brando).

Here is the theatrical trailer for On The Waterfront.

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