On the Waterfront

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.
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Film Cast:

  • Terry Malloy: Marlon Brando
  • Father Barry: Karl Malden
  • Johnny Friendly: Lee J. Cobb
  • Edie Doyle: Eva Marie Saint
  • Charlie Malloy: Rod Steiger
  • Timothy Dugan: Pat Henning
  • Glover: Leif Erickson
  • Big Mac: James Westerfield
  • Truck: Tony Galento
  • Tillio: Tami Mauriello
  • ‘Pop’ Doyle: John F. Hamilton
  • Mott: John Heldabrand
  • Moose: Rudy Bond
  • Luke: Don Blackman
  • Jimmy: Arthur Keegan
  • Barney: Abe Simon
  • Gillette: Martin Balsam
  • Bit Part (uncredited): Michael V. Gazzo
  • Slim (uncredited): Fred Gwynne
  • Jocko (uncredited): Pat Hingle
  • Mother of a Longshoreman (uncredited): Scottie MacGregor
  • Cab Driver (uncredited): Nehemiah Persoff

Film Crew:

  • Director: Elia Kazan
  • Production Manager: George Justin
  • Director of Photography: Boris Kaufman
  • Producer: Sam Spiegel
  • Assistant Director: Charles H. Maguire
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Anna Hill Johnstone
  • Art Direction: Richard Day
  • Original Story: Budd Schulberg
  • Original Music Composer: Leonard Bernstein
  • Editor: Gene Milford
  • Sound Designer: Jim Shields
  • Dialogue Coach: Guy Thomajan
  • Makeup Artist: Bill Herman
  • Hairstylist: Mary Roche
  • Additional Writing: Malcolm Johnson
  • Script Supervisor: Roberta Hodes
  • Makeup Supervisor: Fred Carlton Ryle
  • Producer’s Assistant: Samuel Rheiner
  • Wardrobe Master: Flo Transfield

Movie Reviews:

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    On the Waterfront is directed by Elia Kazan and adapted to screenplay by Budd Schulberg from a series of Malcolm Johnson articles. It stars Marlon Brando, lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger and Pat Henning. Music is by Leonard Bernstein and cinematography by Boris Kaufman.

    Terry Malloy (Brando) was once a boxer with potential and big dreams. Now working as a longshoreman on the docks for mob boss Johnny Friendly (Cobb), Terry witnesses the murder of a fellow dock worker and finds himself conflicted about if he should inform to the crime commission about what he knows, more so as he gets in tight with the dead man’s sister.

    As good as anything Kazan, Brando and Kaufman ever did, On the Waterfront strips it down to a stench filled corrupt part of New York as honest hard working men battle to make ends meet under the rule of corrupt mob led union bosses. The dialogue is almost lyrical in its simplicity, deftly at odds with the dull pallor of the environment involving barely livable housing and misty docks holding awful secrets.

    Although a defence for squealing, with the finger pointed at those in the high chairs here, it’s a seminal classic that deserved every Oscar win and nomination that it got. From the electric “contender” speech (watch Steiger’s facial acting here), to Brando’s heart aching discovery of his beloved bids being killed, and onto the unforgettable punch the air finale, thisis a s good as classic cinema gets. 10/10

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