On the Waterfront

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Released 1954

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Director:
Elia Kazan
Released:
1954
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On The Waterfront is an Academy Award winning drama about mob informers, union corruption and the violence and crookedness among longshoremen. Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), a washed up boxer, unwittingly lures dockworker Joey Doyle (Ben Wagner) to his death while working for the iron-handed union boss of the local docks, Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Terry sees two of Mr. Friendly's men kill Joey, but he decides to keep his mouth shut to keep his job. Mr. Friendly is suspected in several murders but no one has dared to testify against him, and he wanted Joey silenced before he could testify against him in front of the Crime Commission. Terry develops a conscience after he meets the deceased man's sister, Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), and he also is informed by waterfront priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) the reason that Joey was murdered. Terry must decide between keeping silent and loyal to his brother who helped him get his job with Mr. Friendly or standing up for the truth in court and becoming a witness against Mr. Friendly.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As unspoiled in its key elements as the day it was made, "On the Waterfront" is indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished. Even more today than half a ce...

  • 80

    The New York Times

    Moviemaking of a rare and high order. (Review of Original Release)

  • 80

    Variety

    Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance.

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Drama

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Classics, Crime