On the Waterfront

1954 "The man lived by the jungle law of the docks!"
8.1| 1h48m| NR| en| More Info
Released: 22 June 1954 Released
Producted By: Columbia Pictures
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Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

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PodBill Just what I expected
Mjeteconer Just perfect...
Dorathen Better Late Then Never
Bluebell Alcock Ok... Let's be honest. It cannot be the best movie but is quite enjoyable. The movie has the potential to develop a great plot for future movies
TheBigSick This is a crime thriller that stuns me from the first minute to the last minute. You never know what Terry will do and what will happen to him. The performance of Marlon Brando is his career- best, even better than that in "The Godfather", and one of the best in the cinematic history. Moreover, the movie is still relevant even today. The "conscience vs. ego" and "loyalty vs. betrayal" debates never end.
DonAlberto Marlon Brando has been said to be the best actor ever and..rightly so. One cannot forget his stellar performance in The Godfather. However, it is in On the Waterfront the he is at his best, his sills peak. But this review is not about Brando (not only) we will get on to that later on. This is a piece of writing that is aimed at reviewing one of the greatest movies of all time.The clue is in the very title. Brando's character, former pro-boxer, works down at the docks. How did he end up there? I do not want to give away more than it is strictly necessary but...let us just say he go involved with the wrong people. In this sense, the movie help the American society to wake up to what was going on at the docks in New York, its endemic corruption and racketeering. And we all know that once you are dragged into the mob world there is no turning back, no one is going to pull you back out of it. Or...is there somebody? When a beautiful woman comes along to shatter Brandon's life once again, this time around in a positive way, this ex boxer finds some badly-needed courage and will try to turn things around.
Takethispunch Mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) gloats about his iron-fisted control of the waterfront. The police and the Waterfront Crime Commission know that Friendly is behind a number of murders, but witnesses play "D and D" ("deaf and dumb"), accepting their subservient position rather than risking the danger and shame of informing.Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) is a dockworker whose brother Charley "The Gent" (Rod Steiger) is Friendly's right-hand man. Some years earlier, Terry had been a promising boxer, until Friendly had Charley instruct him to deliberately lose a fight that he could have won, so that Friendly could win money betting against him. Terry is used to coax Joey Doyle (Ben Wagner), a popular dockworker, into an ambush, preventing Joey from testifying against Friendly before the Crime Commission. Terry assumed that Friendly's enforcers were only going to "lean" on Joey to pressure him into silence, and is surprised when Joey is killed.
fanbaz-549-872209 This movie has been accepted as a masterpiece. I am not going to argue. I am 76 years old and saw it when I was 14. It gets better with every viewing and I now know the script by heart. The idea it would ever rate less than ten stars plus can only show the ignorance of so many who set themselves up as some kind of critic. Far too many. Fools. There is nothing else to say apart from that Brando and Rod and Lee were at the their peak and the Kazan could be said to have taken Hollywood into a place that had not been before. A fine suggestion of reality in a world of fake people making trashy movies. Lennie's homage to Copeland is another bonus.