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Year
1954
Runtime
108 min.
Director
Elia Kazan
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
100,212
Checks
18,651
Favs
1,648
Dislikes
90
Favs/checks
8.8% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
18:1
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  1. inhonoredglory's avatar

    inhonoredglory

    Marlon Brando's subtle excellence in acting is what makes this film special. His character is a complex mix of naive innocence and a brute dog-eat-dog life philosophy. Somewhere inside him is a sense of right and wrong, but he doesn't know what to do with it.
    I personally loved Father Barry (Karl Malden), and the change he goes from isolationist priest to tough crusader getting down and dirty. I loved the scene where Terry (Marlon Brando) tells him to go to hell. You don't tell a priest that!
    8 years 3 months ago
  2. Thief's avatar

    Thief

    Great film indeed. The taxi scene was good, but I preferred the scene with the father at the docks

    "Boys, this is my church! And if you don't think Christ is down here on the waterfront, you've got another guess coming!"

    Great scene all around.
    7 years 5 months ago
  3. Lumen's avatar

    Lumen

    The film felt very naive to me, it was all kind of cute, the acting, the story, the moral, the humor... I don't think it was engaging or sharp. Good shots though. 3 years 10 months ago
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  8. This movie ranks #42 in IMDb's 1950s Top 50
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  9. This movie ranks #45 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
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  11. This movie ranks #62 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  13. This movie ranks #73 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  18. This movie ranks #171 in IMDb's Top 250
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  19. This movie ranks #196 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
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  20. This movie ranks #198 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  21. This movie ranks #237 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  22. This movie ranks #264 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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