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

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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 21 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Powerful portrait of N.Y. docks , being stunningly performed and excellently directed by Elia Kazan See more (256 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)
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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 (as S.P. Eagle)
 
Original Music by
Leonard Bernstein (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford (film editor)
 
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)
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:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #16916) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Karl Malden's character, Fr. Pete Barry, was based on Fr. John "Pete" Corridan, SJ. The hat and coat worn by Malden in the film belonged to Fr. Corridan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Father Barry (Karl Malden) gets hit in the head with a beer can, he gets a cut on his forehead, which bleeds visibly in the scene. In subsequent scenes, there is no sign of the cut or of a bandage to show that he had been hurt.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johnny:[to Terry] You take it from here, Slugger.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in City Island (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Here Comes the BrideSee more »

FAQ

Why did Joey Doyle and Terry raise pigeons? Just a hobby or was there some purpose to the plot?
Just because Terry took a dive that one time, how did that end up ruining his career?
How does the movie end?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Powerful portrait of N.Y. docks , being stunningly performed and excellently directed by Elia Kazan, 4 May 2012
Author: ma-cortes

This compelling and dynamic drama is set on New York's dock where mobsters control the Union and stevedores . An ex-prize fighter named Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando who deservedly won an Academy Award) turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses (Lee J Cobb) and is embroiled in violence . Malloy faces the dilemma of whether or not to turn informer . While his brother (it was originally offered to Lawrence Tierney , but he asked for too much money so the role went to Rod Steiger who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance) is a crooked lawyer and he meets a beautiful ex-nun (Eva Maria Saint , Grace Kelly turned down the role of Edie Doyle, deciding to make Rear Window instead) and falls in love for her .

This interesting and thought-provoking film contains intense drama with pungent lines , emotion , wonderful performances , memorable final , magnificent direction and classic musical score by the maestro Leonard Berstein . Marvelous acting by entire casting . The taxicab scene , one of the most famous scenes in the cinema, in which Brando began to improvise some dialogue, surprising Rod Steiger ; after a while, Elia Kazan told Brando to "knock it off". The problem Brando had with the scene, as he explained to screenwriter Budd Schulberg and Kazan, was that he felt he would have difficulty trying to talk reasonably with his brother with a gun at his ribs , at this, Kazan agreed and told Brando to improvise ,Kazan maintained that he did not direct Brando nor Steiger in this scene, he simply stood back and let the two actors direct themselves. The idea for the film began with an expose series written for The New York Sun by reporter Malcolm Johnson , the articles won him a Pulitzer Prize and were reinforced by the 1948 murder of a New York dock hiring boss which woke America to the killings, graft and extortion that were endemic on the New York waterfront. Budd Schulberg was captivated by the subject matter, devoting years of his life to absorbing everything he could about the milieu. He became a regular fixture on the waterfront, hanging out in West Side Manhattan and Long Island bars, interviewing longshore-union leaders and getting to know the outspoken priests in Hell's Kitchen. The leading characters were based on real people: Terry Malloy was based on longshoreman and whistle-blower Anthony De Vincenzo; Father Barry was based on waterfront priest John M. Corridan; Johnny Friendly was based on mobster Albert Anastasia. On the Waterfront is widely known to be an act of expiation on the part of Elia Kazan for naming names to HUAC during the Joseph McCarthy witch-hunts of the 1950s. What is less widely reported is that Kazan intended it as a direct attack at his former close friend Arthur Miller who had been openly critical of Kazan's actions. Specifically, it was a direct response to Miller's play The Crucible.

This trend-setting film has a gritty portrait of N.Y. waterfront and stand up well nowadays and resulted to be a huge financial hit , as from a budget of just under $1 million, the film went on to gross ten times its production costs in its initial release. Film debuts of Michael V. Gazzo, Pat Hingle, Martin Balsam, and Eva Marie Saint. The last gave a debut performance that won her the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. It's a winner all the way , winning eight Academy Award , including : Best Picture , Direction (Kazan) , Cinematography (Boris Kaufman) , Art Director (Richard Day) . Rating : Very good , above average , and a real must see . Well worth watching .

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