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Director:
Writers:
Budd Schulberg (screenplay)
Budd Schulberg (based upon an original story by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1954 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks! See more »
Plot:
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 8 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Magnificent statement about the power of one See more (273 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Actor Trademark: [Karl Malden] [name]At the hearing, Slim gives his name as "Mladen Sekulovich", actor Karl Malden's real name. Malden always deeply regretted having had to change his real, very ethnic name for the sake of his movie career, and attempted to make amends over the years by making sure his real name always showed up in his movies, one way or another.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Towards the end of the film when Terry confronts John Friendly at the little club house on the river, a Coke machine on the porch appears and disappears between cuts.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johnny:[to Terry] You take it from here, Slugger.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Robots (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Here Comes the BrideSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
When do the events in "On the Waterfront" take place?
Why did Joey Doyle and Terry raise pigeons? Just a hobby or was there some purpose to the plot?
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Magnificent statement about the power of one, 6 February 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) The evil in 1954's "On the Waterfront" is the union bosses, brilliantly portrayed by Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger and their thugs. They are allowed to do business because of the fright, intimidation, and passiveness of an entire group of longshoremen, who either work or don't while the big shots take kickbacks and steal from them. Then Joey Doyle, who had agreed to testify against the union bosses, is set up by a clueless Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) and thrown off of a roof. His sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) is determined to find out what happened. But no one will talk. She shames Father Barry (Karl Malden) into taking more of an interest in what is happening on the docks, and he does. Still, no one's talking. Terry falls in love with Edie but still can't do the right thing. Another man is killed. When the killing finally affects Terry, he realizes something has to change.

"On the Waterfront" is one of the most amazing films ever made, directed by the great Elia Kazan. There were three Oscar nominations (Malden, Cobb and Steiger) in the Best Supporting Actor category, and the film took home the top acting awards, Kazan as director, and best film, best screenplay, best editing, best cinematography, best art direction. There was a nomination for Leonard Bernstein's fantastic score, and it's difficult to understand how he could have lost the award. This is the only film for which he wrote incidental music. It is fantastic, particularly in the tender moments between Terry and Edie.

"On the Waterfront" has the classic performance of Marlon Brando, a man who is loyal to his brother Charlie (Steiger) even though Charlie ruined Terry's fight career and now is part of the union corruption. Brando is sensational as a tortured young man (based on whistle-blower Anthony DiVincenzo) who knows what he should do, but the price is too high. It's his love of Edie that gives him a conscience. She's from another world and hasn't been jaded by life yet. It's impossible to believe that this role was offered to Grace Kelly, but it was. Why Kazan thought her cold beauty and finishing school accent would have fit into this scenario is beyond me. Saint is perfect - warm, strong, gentle and most importantly, comes off as the kind of girl who lives in a blue collar neighborhood.

Lee J. Cobb as Johnny Friendly (based on real-life mobster Albert Anastasia) gives a bombastic, violent, and scary performance; Karl Malden is letter-perfect as the priest who fights for Terry's soul; and Steiger is excellent as Charlie, a weak man who has taken advantage of his brother to feather his own nest. Karl Malden's character of Father Barry was based on the real-life "waterfront priest," Father John M. Corridan, who operated a Roman Catholic labor school on the west side of Manhattan. Father Corridan was interviewed by screenwriter Budd Schulberg.

The saddest thing in the film is the attitude of the young boy who helps Terry take care of Joey's pigeons. He's already been inculcated with the "D&D" (deaf and dumb) policy of the longshoremen.

The cloudy, rich atmosphere of the story is captured by the Hoboken, New Jersey locations - although this is a fictionalized version of events on the New York waterfront.

The end of "Raging Bull" is a homage to "On the Waterfront." The end of "On the Waterfront" will give you goosebumps.

Evil only triumphs when good men do nothing. When those same men stand up for what they believe in, they show evil for what it really is - cheap, lousy, and dirty.

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