On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
- 1h 48m
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Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances as Best Actor in this 1954 Academy Award® winner for Best Film. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death. But it takes the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man's sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. When his crooked brother Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger) is brutally murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire. Directed by Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire) and written by Budd Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run?), this unforgettable drama about Terry's redemption is among the most acclaimed of all films.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan's thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.
New York Daily News
Kazan over-emphasized the last sequence in the film, but on the whole, his fine direction shows in...
June 25, 2017
On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it.
February 20, 2019
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Common Sense Says
Raises important issues about the nature of power.
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Parents need to know that this movie raises some important issues about the nature of power.
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- Release Date:October 1, 1954
- Audio Format:5.1
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