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On The WaterfrontTerry 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.Keywords:
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Directors of "On The Waterfront"Elia KazanBirthdate: 7 September 1909, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey]
Creators of "On The Waterfront"Budd SchulbergBirthdate: 27 March 1914, New York City, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "On The Waterfront"New York Daily NewsFebruary 22, 2015
Kazan over-emphasized the last sequence in the film, but on the whole, his fine direction shows in the strength and power of the dramatic action on the screen.TIME MagazineFebruary 18, 2009
On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it.VarietyJanuary 30, 2008
Under Elia Kazan's direction, Marlon Brando puts on a spectacular show, giving a fascinating, multi-faceted performance as the uneducated dock walloper and former pug, who is basically a softie with a special affection for his rooftop covey of pigeons.Chicago ReaderDecember 12, 2006
It's hard to deny that Marlon Brando's performance as a dock worker and ex-fighter who finally decides to rat on his gangster brother (Rod Steiger) is pretty terrific.Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
It's pretty electrifying.Minneapolis Star TribuneMarch 03, 2005
You miss this, you're buyin' a one-way ticket to Palookaville.Playback:stlMay 13, 2016
[Boris Kaufman's] neo-realistic style is a perfect match for Waterfront's gritty story... and the film was well served by the 36 days the cast and crew spent shooting in and around the Hoboken waterfront.Classic Film and TelevisionNovember 28, 2015
Overrated melodrama about the alleged wonders of informing.Radio TimesFebruary 12, 2014
On the surface it's an extremely well-crafted and entertaining drama, but peel away some layers and you'll discover an apologia for informing.Creative LoafingMarch 07, 2013
A powerful watch, thanks largely to an incredible cast, Leonard Bernstein's strong score, and a handful of iconic scenes, none better than the moving "I coulda been a contender" sequence.Q Network Film DeskFebruary 26, 2013
a watershed moment in cinema history; it remains one of the greatest films of the 1950sTotal FilmFebruary 15, 2013
An astounding drama that's still a contender almost 50 years on.
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