On The Waterfront Original Movie Poster. 1954. Linen Backed
"You don't understand ! I could have had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody..." . One of the finest movies ever made---in fact ranked # 8 on the American Film Institute's all time list--offered is an original poster from this epic movie classic, which received the Academy Award in 1954 for Best Picture. In exceptional condition and measuring 27"x41", it has been professionally linen backed for preservation purposes and features one of the finest images you'll find. It is considered one of the most popular issues in the movie poster collecting world.This one has it all.
Where do you begin when discussing this movie ? The cast ? Well it starred the great Marlon Brando, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of Terry Malloy, the former boxer who eventually "blew the whistle" on the corrupt dock workers mob in Hoboken,New Jersey. It also starred a young Eva Marie Saint, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Karl Malden, Rod Steiger and Lee J. Cobb were also nominated for their roles.Other cast members included Marty Balsam, Fred Gwynne and Leif Ericson.
Elia Kazan also won an Academy Award for his Direction, as did Budd Schulberg for the Screenplay (which was based on a true story), and Leonard Bernstein was nominated for Best Score.The film has also been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
The movie was entirely shot in Hoboken and paralleled the McCarthy Era "naming names" period in our history. Some movie studios, fearing reprisals from unions and the House Un-American Activities Committee, refused to make the film. Nonetheless, Harry Cohn and Columbia Studios accepted the project and produced one of the finest pictures in history. As an aside, Frank Sinatra was actually screen tested and selected for the Brando role, but Producer Sam Spiegel insisted on Brando. Grace Kelly was offered the Eva Marie Saint part, but chose to do Rear Window instead. The movie was a box office success, grossing 9 million dollars against a 900,000.00 original budget, and of course propelled Brando to the zenith of his career.
The poster sports a wonderful,large-size image of Brando, as well as terrific colors of red, green and purple against its bright-white background. The condition is outstanding, and all that's needed is a simple frame--there's no need to clutter or add-to this beauty. It simply speaks for itself. This one "turns heads" and is guaranteed to conjure conversations about that period of movie history.