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One of the most quoted movies of all time, 'On the Waterfront' was a smash hit when it was released in 1954, winning eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Elia Kazan). The film also won an Oscar for its leading man, Marlon Brando, cementing him as one of Hollywood's most iconic figures.

The pic centers on Terry Malloy (Brando), a man who must decide whether or not to expose the mob after he witnesses the murder of a local townie. Its subject matter was especially topical at the time, as two years prior to its release, Kazan outed members of the Communist party before the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In Hollywood, Kazan remained a controversial figure until his death in 2003.
Hoboken Waterfront

One of the most quoted movies of all time, 'On the Waterfront' was a smash hit when it was released in 1954, winning eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Elia Kazan). The film also won an Oscar for its leading man, Marlon Brando, cementing him as one of Hollywood's most iconic figures.

The pic centers on Terry Malloy (Brando), a man who must decide whether or not to expose the mob after he witnesses the murder of a local townie. Its subject matter was especially topical at the time, as two years prior to its release, Kazan outed members of the Communist party before the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In Hollywood, Kazan remained a controversial figure until his death in 2003.

Tonight at 8PM, the 2010 Rolling Roadshow will screen 'On the Waterfront' at Hoboken's gorgeous Pier A Park. (Be sure to bring your own seat and arrive early to get a good spot.) A pre-screening event will be held at the Dubliner at 6:30PM, featuring Benn Schulberg, son of Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg. For more into on the event, click here.

Location as Character: The docks played an especially pivotal role in the film, including its climactic scene, in which Terry finally stands up to boss man Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb, in an Oscar-nominated performance) in a gruesome fight. (Check it out here.)

The film itself was shot primarily on location over the course about 36 days, using real bars, rooftops and more, according to reports. A handful of real-life figures were also cast as members of Johnny Friendly's gang, including former heavyweight "contendahs" Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello and Abe Simon.

Historical Significance: The Hoboken waterfront was a source of major economic prosperity for centuries, housing such plants as Lipton Tea. But by the late-'70s, the docks were abandoned, and remained that way until the '90s, when the city officially decided to transform them. Pier A, for example, was rebuilt as a park, and officially opened to the public in 1999, offering visitors a breathtaking glimpse of the New York skyline.

Visitor Info: The park is open to the public for a number of activities, from sunbathing, to bike riding to, yes, even fishing. A memorial garden was also built to commemorate the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Directions: Pier A park is located at 100 Sinatra Drive in Hoboken, NJ. From New Jersey, take I-78 E to the Jersey Ave exit and turn left. Continue onto Newark Ave, which becomes Observer Hwy. Turn left at Washington St. Turn right onto 1st St, then make a final left onto Sinatra Dr.

If you're traveling on RT 3 E, merge onto the NJ-495 E toward Lincoln Tunnel/New York City. Take the Weekawken/Hoboken exit and turn right on Pleasant Ave. Turn left onto S Marginal Hway, and remain on that until you reach Kennedy Blvd E. Make a right and continue onto Park Ave. Turn left at 14th St/County Rd 670, then turn right at the third cross street onto Washington St. Turn left at 1st St, then make a final left at Sinatra Dr.

From Manhattan, take the Holland Tunnel to Marin Blvd. and make a right. Follow Marin Blvd. to Observer Highway. Make a right, then a left on Washington St. Turn right onto Newark St., then make a left on Sinatra Dr.

If you're traveling by PATH Train, take the PATH to the Hoboken Train Station. From Hudson Pl., walk left to River St. and turn right. Walk north on River St. and make a left on 1st St., then a left on Sinatra Dr.