MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 305 this week

On the Waterfront (1954)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  22 June 1954 (Japan)
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 74,693 users   Metascore: 88/100
Reviews: 256 user | 114 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based upon an original story by), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 25 Feb 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 09 Jul 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 28 Oct 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 27 Feb 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: On the Waterfront (1954)

On the Waterfront (1954) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of On the Waterfront.

User Polls

Top 250 #119 | Won 8 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Atlantic City (1980)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lou is a small time gangster, who thinks he used to be something big. He meets up with a younger girl, Sally, who is learning to be a croupier. Her husband turns up with drugs he has stolen... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard
The Outsiders (1983)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint
The Child (2005)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1978 rural Pennsylvania an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons and they become intrigued with romanticized life of crime.

Director: James Foley
Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson
Badlands (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An impressionable teen girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend go on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates
Casque d'Or (1952)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Pat Henning ...
Kayo Dugan
...
James Westerfield ...
Tony Galento ...
Tami Mauriello ...
Tillio
John F. Hamilton ...
'Pop' Doyle (as John Hamilton)
John Heldabrand ...
Mott
Rudy Bond ...
Don Blackman ...
Arthur Keegan ...
Abe Simon ...
Edit

Storyline

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

union | murder | longshoreman | dock | pigeon | See more »

Taglines:

The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 June 1954 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Hook  »

Box Office

Budget:

$910,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,600,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Elia Kazan was loath to do business with Darryl F. Zanuck who had insisted on multiple cuts on Man on a Tightrope (1953). Fortunately when Kazan and writer Budd Schulberg met with Zanuck, he started talking about widescreen Technicolor pictures. Zanuck eventually came clean and said he didn't like a single thing about it, stating "Who's going to care about a bunch of sweaty longshoremen?" This led Kazan and Schulberg to meet with independent producer Sam Spiegel who set up a deal with Columbia. See more »

Goofs

After Terry is beaten senseless and Fr. Barry and Edie go to pick him up, Terry is clearly wearing ankle high work boots. However when he is stumbling towards the loading dock the camera cuts to his feet for a few seconds and now he is wearing low cut work shoes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny: [to Terry] You take it from here, Slugger.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a bamboo-type mat background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.22 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes the Bride
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Quite simply a classic
16 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gripping, powerful drama of corrupt unions for dock workers and how one man Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) fights back.

This movie is a definite must-see. The story is pretty simple and has been done before but the script is superb and all the actors are at the height of their powers. Brando is unbelievable as Malloy--he portrays his innocence and hurt so easily--I actually started to get a lump in my throat when he comes to grips about the corruption. Rod Steiger is great in a small role as his brother. The taxicab sequence between him and Brando has become a legend--rightfully. Lee J. Cobb is frightening as the leader of it all. Eva Marie Saint (in her first theatrical role) is gorgeous and just great as a woman who falls in love with Brando. The scenes between them are incredible. There's also superb direction by Elia Kazan--this is possibly his best work. The only debit here is Karl Malden as the priest--he overplays it way too much and got on more nerves. But that's about it.

This movie is one of those rare instances where everything clicked together perfectly. A HUGE hit in its day. Don't miss this one!


65 of 116 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Overrated Lead Male Performance Carlwhodoesntlikebenaffleck
to the 971 people who gave this 1 star... picasso2
Greatest Male Film Performances donscarface2
What is significant/interesti ng about Brando's acting in this film? kristytsois
BRANDO'S SWOLLEN EYES urbaneis
Eva Marie Saint Random666
Discuss On the Waterfront (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?