On the Waterfront

1954

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 99% · 117 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95% · 50K ratings
IMDb Rating 8.1/10 10 166288 166.3K

Director

Top cast

Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy
Fred Gwynne as Slim
Rod Steiger as Charley Malloy
Eva Marie Saint as Edie Doyle
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
892.02 MB
1280*766
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 48 min
Seeds 16
1.7 GB
1792*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 48 min
Seeds 53

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sleepin_Dragon 9 / 10

Brando makes this an intense movie, well worth seeing.

Ex prize fighter Terry Malloy is conflicted, between The Mob and his brother, and a woman he's fallen in love with, who's husband fell foul of The Mob.

I haven't long completed Target, The Corruptors, and the wonderful algorithms suggested this film, what a great suggestion. Very much a story of people suffering at the hands of The Mob, and someone forced to bracelet make a stand.

This film is very gritty, very well paced, and boy you get a sense of the poverty and desperation of those men.

Marlon Brando makes this film so incredibly watchable, his performance is nothing short of captivating, he exudes masculinity, anger, rage, conflict and love. He definitely appears haunted in this movie, he has a look in his eyes.

9/10.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 10 / 10

Life Is Pretty Bad In Palookaville

After three nominations for Best Actor in 1951 for A Streetcar Named Desire, 1952 for Viva Zapata, and 1953 for Julius Caesar, the Oscar was not to be denied Marlon Brando for the fourth time. Although his playing of Terry Malloy was indeed Oscar caliber stuff, the award was really for a most remarkable body of work on screen up to that time. It was also for setting a new trend in acting style and influencing the next three generations of players.

On the Waterfront is also alleged to be Elia Kazan's answer to his critics of why he was a namer of names at the House Un-American Activities Committee. I don't think it was an accident that the subject of this film was labor racketeering. Forgotten by a lot of the people who defame Kazan today is that the Communist Party asked him to infiltrate and spy on not just actors, but various craft unions associated with film and theater. It was something he never forget.

He's often called a friendly witness. To me a friendly witness is someone who was an unabashed admirer of the House Un-American Activities Committee and its work, someone like Adolphe Menjou or Hedda Hopper or even John Wayne, people who were convinced these people were doing a patriotic service.

In On the Waterfront, labor racketeer Lee J. Cobb, a bullying loudmouth of a man, runs the longshoreman's local. He commits murder, extortion, and various other crimes at will without fear of reprisal because no one will talk because of their code against informing. Waterfront priest Karl Malden realizes it, but bangs his head against the code of deaf and dumb.

Marlon Brando is a washed up ex-prizefighter who finds work on the docks through his older brother Rod Steiger who works for Cobb. Unknowingly he fingers Eva Marie Saint's brother for a hit and then he falls for her. The film is essentially Brando's struggle to find out what the right thing to do in this situation.

When he's on the screen Brando dominates. He invests the character of Terry Malloy with a lot of layers and the audience really struggles with Terry in his soul searching. He starts to see Cobb and to a lesser extent his brother Steiger as more exploitive than helpful even in his own life. That famous taxi scene with Steiger who's got his own life on the line if he doesn't get his brother away from Eva Marie is one where it all comes out. Brando got his ticket to Palookaville and he doesn't like the neighborhood at all.

Eva Marie Saint got a Best Supporting Actress in her film debut. She's pretty far from later characters she played like the cool blond of Cary Grant's dreams in North By Northwest. Those were more the roles she played in her career than the working class girl of On the Waterfront.

Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, and Rod Steiger all were nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category and they wound up splitting the vote and allowing Edmond O'Brien to win for The Barefoot Contessa. The other nominee was Tom Tully in The Caine Mutiny. All three could have been winners.

I remember when Elia Kazan died a few years ago and I think the unkindest cut of all for him was to be eulogized on television by Pat Buchanan. Though the left disowned him, he always considered himself a man of the left. One could fight injustice without submitting to a regimentation of the soul that Communism was when it triumphed. Something a lot don't realize today.

The regimentation that Lee J. Cobb had on those longshoremen is what Kazan was expressing himself against in On the Waterfront. over fifty years later it's a landmark expression.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 10 / 10

There are so many things that are good about this movie

On the Waterfront. What an amazing film! So beautiful and moving. The film looks terrific, the cinematography, sceneries and camera angles are all on the money. The music is of sheer beauty and energy, and the script packs a full emotional punch, the "you don't understand" bit never fails to move me. The story is brilliantly directed, the direction is wonderful and the pacing is just right. The acting is superb, Marlon Brando is truly unforgettable in his role, it is definitely up there with his best. Plus, the ending is goosebump-inducing.

All in all, On the Waterfront is a truly wonderful film. There are so many good things about it and I can't wait to see it again. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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