On the Waterfront (1954)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 48 mins

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An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Cast: Marlon Brando

Crew: Elia Kazan (Director), Boris Kaufman (Director of Photography), Leonard Bernstein (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 28 Jul 1954 (India)

Tagline: The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks!

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Did you know? Many real longshoremen from Hoboken, New Jersey were used as extras. Read More
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as Terry Malloy
as Barney
as Jimmy
as Edie Doyle
as Big Mac
as Father Barry
as Johnny Friendly
as Glover
as Kayo Dugan
as Charley Malloy
as Tillio
Supporting Actor

Direction

Director
Assistant Director

Production

Producer
Production Manager

Writers

Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Designer

Art

Art Director

Editorial

Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist
Film Type:
Feature
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks!
Tender love...terrifying conflict!
Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: Kabzaa (Hindi)
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
In the opening scene, when Joe talks to Terry, Joe's mouth doesn't match what he is saying.

Continuity
Toward the end of the film as Terry is walking back into the work building, water puddles on the ground appear and disappear between shots.

Continuity
As Terry walks to the pier after the climactic fight with Johnnie Friendly, the blood on his forehead and the side of his face disappears.
Trivia:
The only film that wasn't a musical for which Leonard Bernstein wrote the incidental music.

Many real longshoremen from Hoboken, New Jersey were used as extras.

To entice Marlon Brando to do the movie, Elia Kazan had Karl Malden direct a scene from the film with an up-and-coming fellow actor from the Actors Studio playing the Terry Malloy lead role. They figured the competitive Brando would not be eager to see such a major role handed to some new screen heartthrob. The ploy worked, especially since the competition had come in the form of a guy named Paul Newman.

As part of his contract, Marlon Brando only worked till 4 every day and then he would leave to go see his analyst. Brando's mother had recently died and the conflicted young actor was in therapy to resolve his issues with his parents.