On the Waterfront

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On The Waterfront (1954)

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.

Marlon Brando ... Terry Malloy Karl Malden ... Father Barry Lee J. Cobb ... Johnny Friendly Rod Steiger ... Charley 'the Gent' Malloy Pat Henning ... Timothy J. 'Kayo' Dugan Leif Erickson ... Glover James Westerfield ... Big Mac Tony Galento ... Truck Tami Mauriello ... Tullio John F. Hamilton ... 'Pop' Doyle (as John Hamilton) John Heldabrand ... Mutt Rudy Bond ... Moose

Director: Elia Kazan

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Elia Kazan's film is still amazing after 50 years. It's curious how it parallels Kazan's own life in the way the main character, Terry Malloy, ends up naming names to the commission investigating the corruption on the waterfront, the same way the director did in front of the HUAC committee, presided by the evil Senator Joe McCarthy and his henchman, Roy Cohn.

Bud Schulberg's screen play is his best work for the movies. It also helped that Elia Kazan had a free reign over the film, which otherwise could have gone wrong under someone else's direction.

Terry Malloy, as we see him first, is a man without a conscience. He is instrumental in ratting on a fellow longshoreman, who is killed because he knows about the criminal activities on the piers. At the same time, Terry is transformed and ultimately redeems himself because he falls in love with Edie Doyle, the sister of the man that is killed by the mob.

Terry Malloy is a complex character. His own brother Charley, is the right hand man of Johnny Friendly, the union

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