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On the Waterfront

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Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger,

“I coulda had class,” says failed fighter Terry Malloy with all the bruised brilliance Marlon Brando could muster. Maybe so, but On the Waterfront did have class—class acting, class writing, class cinematography, and class warfare. Controversial for its allegations of corruption in the longshoremen’s union, the production itself was chock-full of friendly witnesses at the HUAC hearings, director Kazan, writer Budd Schulberg, and actor Lee J. Cobb among them. Still, Brando’s damaged dockworker, deserted by his brother (Rod Steiger) and vigorously defended by Father Barry (Karl Malden), stands as a memorable Method performance amid a coarse realism drafted by that left-leaning lenser Boris Kaufman.

Steve Seid
  • Budd Schulberg
Based On
  • The articles “Crime on the Waterfront” by Malcolm Johnson

  • Boris Kaufman
  • English
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 4K DCP
  • 108 mins
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment

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On the waterfront (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2004

On the waterfront (program note), London Film Festival, Clyde Jeavons, 2004

On the waterfront (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1986

On the waterfront (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, Dane Wilsonne, 1979

Book excerpt (book excerpt), Pauline Kael

Sur les quais... (postcard), Editions F. Nugeron

On the waterfront (review), William Hogan

The beat of a pulse (review)

Brando on the waterfront (review), Saturday Review

On the waterfront (review), Commonweal, Philip T. Hartung

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