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On the Waterfront (1954) Movie Information

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Marlon Brando
Karl Malden
Lee J. Cobb
Rod Steiger
Eva Marie Saint
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A man who is now dock help, used to be a great boxer. As he quarrels with the union bosses

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Snoogans 07/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Good script and acting. The characters face some moral decisions that still make you ponder, even if they aren't relevant now.

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patjohnson76 10/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A great film, helped out by great performances from Brando, Saint, and Malden (actually, the whole cast is pretty strong). The politics and plot are pretty dated for today's time, but regardless, the film still holds up well 50-plus years later. The film features some classic lines and scenes that are still powerful today. Definitely should be watched for the career making performances of Brando and Saint.

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mitchellyoung 09/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Despite some dated social concepts, the film is worth watching for Marlon Brando's powerhouse performance - a true acting clinic. His performance captures attention and will never diminish with age, as it is most certainly his best work.

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Ichabod Crane 02/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A truly brilliant masterpiece of a film. I cannot explain how good this movie is. The story is emotionally powerful and interesting. The atmosphere of the directing really gives a look into the lives of the longshoremen. The haunting score by Leonard Bernstein works so well and is effective in every scene. And of course the acting is some the greatest seen on film, not just Brando but the brilliant supporting cast especially Rod Steiger and Karl Malden. The film is great throughout and builds to a fantastic climax. Some are bothered by the message but I do not see why. The film is anti corruption not unions that is incredibly clear, and it is brave to testify if the parties are guilty.

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02/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An ex-prizefighter and errand boy for a corrupt dockyard union unwittingly aids in the murder of a fellow worker, leading to a crisis of conscience that alienates him from his friends and co-workers. On The Waterfront is one of the great American movies. It's essentially a fable about having the strength to do what you know to be right and standing up to the violent and corrupt in defence of your fellow man. Marlon Brando puts in a career defining performance as Terry Molloy, a man who has known nothing but hardship but rediscovers his humanity when faced with the consequences of his actions and the guidance of his new love and a local priest. It has a wealth of classic scenes, including the iconic "I coulda been a contender" scene with his brother featuring another fantastic performance ...

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The picture may have one of the best casting and direction, in my opinion it could have been better if it were not dated, had a better leading lady and having a memorable score. No questions asked, Marlon Brando delivers as Terry Malloy, the sensitive dockworker and brother of Charley (Rod Steiger). Charley is connected with the malevolent mob/union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cob). Edie Doyle is the sister of murdered popular dockworker Joy Doyle. Back then it was challenging to get a job as presented on the film. One of the memorable quotes from Terry: "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody instead of a bum, which is what I am."

If only the character of Terry have been developed more, maybe create flash backs of his fights...

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