On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront ★★★★

Based on a true story that took place in 1940s Hoboken, New Jersey, On the Waterfront contains an intricate, suspenseful plot that takes a gritty and realistic albeit melodramatic look at union violence, corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the New York waterfront and raises important questions about the nature of power with a dash of romance and character study while featuring Marlon Brando in a landmark performance for cinematic acting.