• On the Waterfront (1954)

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Release Date: 1954

DVD Release Date: October 23rd, 2001

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary
Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) persuaded him to throw a fight. When a longshoreman is murdered before he can testify about Friendly's control of the Hoboken waterfront, Terry teams up with the dead man's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) and the streetwise priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) to testify himself, against the advice of Friendly's lawyer, Terry's older brother Charley (Rod Steiger).

Cast: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Leif Erickson, Pat Henning, James Westerfield

Director: Elia Kazan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

  • On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century. show more

  • 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. show more

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