On the Waterfront (1954)

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A slightly dim-witted ex-boxer, working on the docks of Hoboken's waterfront, is challenged to step up to the mobsters who control the longshoremen's' union by appearing before a state commission as witness after his lawyer brother and best friend are rubbed out. Prodding him to this calling are the local priest and the girl he loves -- the sister of his murdered friend.


  • Marlon Brando
  • Karl Malden
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Rod Steiger
  • Pat Henning
  • Leif Erickson
  • James Westerfield
  • Tony Galento
  • Tami Mauriello
  • John F. Hamilton

Did You Know?


  • The only film that wasn't a musical for which Leonard Bernstein wrote the incidental music.
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  • In the church scene when the meeting is broken up by the thugs outside there is a long shot with the characters trying to decide which way to run and you can see a boom mic bouncing around for a few seconds at the top of the screen.
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    • Terry: You know, I seen you a lot of times before. Remember parochial school out on Paluski Street? Seven, eight years ago. Your hair, you had your hair uh...
    • Edie: Braids.
    • Terry: Looked like a hunk of rope. And you had wires on your teeth and glasses and everything. You was really a mess.
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The acting and the best dialogue passages have an impact that has not dimmed; it is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The chance to watch a four-star classic the way it was meant to be seen -- fresh print, big screen -- is so rare as to be worth the trip.

Metacritic review by Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe