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Budd Schulberg (screenplay)
Budd Schulberg (based upon an original story by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1954 (Japan) See more »
The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks! See more »
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Kazan's film constitutes an extraordinary tour de force of fluid direction and nervous, edgy acting… See more (275 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Terry Malloy

Karl Malden ... Father Barry

Lee J. Cobb ... Johnny Friendly

Rod Steiger ... Charley Malloy
Pat Henning ... Kayo Dugan

Leif Erickson ... Glover
James Westerfield ... Big Mac
Tony Galento ... Truck
Tami Mauriello ... Tillio
John F. Hamilton ... 'Pop' Doyle (as John Hamilton)
John Heldabrand ... Mott
Rudy Bond ... Moose
Don Blackman ... Luke
Arthur Keegan ... Jimmy
Abe Simon ... Barney

Eva Marie Saint ... Edie Doyle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Balsam ... Gillette (uncredited)
Dan Bergin ... Sidney (uncredited)
Zachary Charles ... Dues Collector (uncredited)
Jere Delaney ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Downing ... Bit (uncredited)

Michael V. Gazzo ... Bit (uncredited)

Fred Gwynne ... Slim (uncredited)
Thomas Handley ... Tommy Collins (uncredited)
Anne Hegira ... Mrs. Collins (uncredited)

Pat Hingle ... Jocko (uncredited)

Scottie MacGregor ... Mother of a Longshoreman (uncredited)
Barry Macollum ... Johnny's Banker (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Longshoreman (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Mike O'Dowd ... Specs (uncredited)

Nehemiah Persoff ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Johnny Seven ... Longshoreman (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
Budd Schulberg (screenplay)

Budd Schulberg (based upon an original story by)

Malcolm Johnson (suggested by articles by)

Robert Siodmak  uncredited

Produced by
Sam Spiegel .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Milford 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Makeup Department
Mary Roche .... hair stylist
Fred Carlton Ryle .... makeup supervision (as Fred Ryle)
Bill Herman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
George Justin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director
Arthur Steckler .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eddie Barr .... props (uncredited)
Robert Hart .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Shields .... sound (as James Shields)
Richard Olson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ernest Reichert .... sound editor (uncredited)
Evelyn Rutledge .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Stetson .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Hill Johnstone .... wardrobe supervisor
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe mistress
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ving Hershon .... music editor (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Roberta Hodes .... script supervisor
Samuel Rheiner .... assistant to producer (as Sam Rheiner)
Guy Thomajan .... dialogue supervisor
Roger Donoghue .... boxing coach (uncredited)
Dale Tate .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Mexico:A | Norway:16 (1954) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1985) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16916) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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As part of his contract, Marlon Brando only worked till 4 every day and then he would leave to go see his analyst. Brando's mother had recently died and the conflicted young actor was in therapy to resolve his issues with his parents. Interestingly, for the film's classic scene between Rod Steiger and Brando in the back of the cab, all of Steiger's close-ups were filmed after Brando had left for the day, so his lines were read by one of the crew members. Steiger remained very bitter about that for many years and often mentioned it in interviews.See more »
Continuity: In the last scene, as Brando makes his way to the warehouse, after being beaten up by Cobb and the goons, the chalk writing on the sign changes from "8:00 am (plus two lines), to: "5 full crew & 5 Extras"See more »
[first lines]
Johnny:[to Terry] You take it from here, Slugger.
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70 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Kazan's film constitutes an extraordinary tour de force of fluid direction and nervous, edgy acting…, 4 May 2008

"On the Waterfront" is basically the story of one man, Terry Malloy, a young dock worker with a little, and unsuccessful, experience as a boxer but not much intelligence or purpose… He wastes his time around the docks, vaguely discontented about his life and revealing a tender trace in his otherwise tough manner as he tends his pigeons caged on the roof of his modest building…

His brother Charley (Rod Steiger), a suave opportunistic lawyer, works for the local dockers' union, headed by Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb), the arrogant mob boss…

Friendly takes affectionate interest in Terry and tries to make things easy for him… He also takes advantage of Terry by involving him in the killing of an uncooperative docker… Unaware of their murderous intentions, Terry sets the trap for the man who is thrown from a roof top because he allowed himself to be interviewed by a crime investigating commission…

Terry's alienation from the crooked union leaders starts when he meets the dead man's sister, Edie (Eva Marie Saint), and realizes the grief he has brought into her life… She asks his help in bringing the racketeers to justice, as does Father Barry (Karl Malden), a priest of complete goodness and rightness…

Brando's moral dilemma was superbly drawn in the film… He's an ordinary man finding the courage to stand up and be counted… As portrayed by Brando he is touchingly believable…

The rest of the cast is excellent:

Cobb is extremely good as the brute fury boss who intimidates the workers into silence, stopping at nothing to maintain his position of power on the docks...

Rod Steiger gives his finest performance as the clever and suave opportunistic lawyer who works for the local docker's union...

Eva Marie Saint manages to make the blood go through Brando's valves reviving and creating a heart that never existed before...

Karl Malden is hard and clear as the activist Catholic priest who continue encouraging other longshoremen to testify, inciting Brando to fight for his rights—regardless of the cost—rather than be a pawn in a ruthless system of bribes and killings...

"On the Waterfront" is one of the great American films, not only because it bravely spreads a strong light on the violation of justice, but because it is a powerful piece of cinema, which push forward a classic study of man's responsibility to his fellow man...

The film won eight Academy Awards...

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