El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX

On the Waterfront

70th anniversary
Signature Classic
Tuesday, July 23
Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall

Inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles, On the Waterfront shines a light on the corruption, racketeering, and extortion on the waterfronts of Hoboken, NJ. Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) is an ex-prize fighter who becomes entangled in the corrupt workings of the longshoremen’s union and its boss, Johnny Friendly. His boxing career over, Terry is forced to work as a longshoreman and is coerced into luring a fellow longshoreman onto a roof for a “talk.” As Terry develops a relationship with the murdered man’s sister, he is under increasing pressure to remain loyal to the union bosses. After witnessing an “accident” that killed a fellow longshoreman, Terry begins to see the corruption of the union bossesy. Considered by critics as one of the greatest films ever made, it received won eight Academy Awards, including best picture, actor (Brando), supporting actress (Saint), and director. — Erin Ritter

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Rated: NR