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On the Waterfront (28-Jul-1954)

Director: Elia Kazan

Writer: Budd Schulberg

From articles by: Malcolm Johnson

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Producer: Sam Spiegel

Keywords: Drama, Crime, New York

Terry Malloy, former prizefighter and now longshoreman in a corrupt union, unwittingly sets up a colleague's murder; he later falls in love with the dead man's sister. His relationship with her and the influence of a parish priest turn him against the union. Won 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay; received additional nominations for Best Supporting Actor (three!), and Best Dramatic Score. Entered 1989 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rudy Bond
1-Oct-1912 29-Mar-1982 A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brando
3-Apr-1924 1-Jul-2004 A Streetcar Named Desire
Lee J. Cobb
8-Dec-1911 11-Feb-1976 The Left Hand of God
Leif Erickson
27-Oct-1911 29-Jan-1986 The High Chaparral
Karl Malden
22-Mar-1912 1-Jul-2009 Streets of San Francisco
Eva Marie Saint
4-Jul-1924   North by Northwest
Rod Steiger
14-Apr-1925 9-Jul-2002 In The Heat of the Night
James Westerfield
22-Mar-1913 20-Sep-1971 On the Waterfront


Marlon Brando   ...   Terry Malloy (boxer)
Karl Malden   ...   Fr. Barry
Lee J. Cobb   ...   Johnny Friendly (union boss)
Rod Steiger   ...   Charley Malloy (union lawyer)
Pat Henning   ...   Kayo Dugan
Leif Erickson   ...   Glover (crime commissioner)
James Westerfield   ...   Big Mac
Tony Galento   ...   Truck
Tami Mauriello   ...   Tullio
John Hamilton   ...   Pop Doyle
John Heldabrand   ...   Mutt
Rudy Bond   ...   Moose
Don Blackman   ...   Luke
Arthur Keegan   ...   Jimmy
Abe Simon   ...   Barney
and introducing
Eva Marie Saint   ...   Edie Doyle (sister of dead man)


Review by andyy (posted on 1-Aug-2010)

I love it soo much. Kazan's use of film techniques to portray his thoughts and feelings are amazing and should be highly commended. The importance of each character is greatly seen in every viewers eyes. One can not help but feel the emotions of which Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) goes through and his development is astouding.Eva Marie Saint plays the character Edie Doyle the sister of the killed Joey Doyle and does such an amazing job. Her dedication to her job of finding out "who is guilty for Joey" is so strong as to change a number of characters perception of the corrupt mob around them. Lee J. Cobb plays the corrupted leader of the gang and does such a well done performance. Rod Steiger plays Charley Malloy and is amazing in the contender scene. As with Marlon Brando. Throughout the film, his acting skills develop and so with his character's attitude towards life. Overall though, I would like to commend Mr. Brando for his acting and his pursuit to act using method acting. Thankyou for your film, On the Waterfront Mr. Kazan, and I think you did the right thing in 'ratting' or dobbing on who you knew. Andyy

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