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On the Waterfront

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Elia Kazan

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About the Movie

Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances as Best Actor in this 1954 Academy Award® winner for Best Film. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death. But it takes the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man's sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. When his crooked brother Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger) is brutally murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire. Directed by Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire) and written by Budd Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run?), this unforgettable drama about Terry's redemption is among the most acclaimed of all films.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 61
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An uncommonly powerful, exciting and imaginative use of the screen by gifted professionals. – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Feb 22, 2015

Fresh: On the Waterfront has a script that is a work of love and shows it. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Variety Staff, Variety, Feb 27, 2018

Fresh: Indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Feb 12, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Brando's Best

An outstanding film with everything you look for in movie entertainment. Included are classic lines and memorable scenes that still captivate audiences today. More importantly, it stars Marlon Brando. Brando is arguably the greatest actor of all-time, and his Terry Malloy is arguably his greatest character with Don Vito Corleone being another. His outstanding sense of acting comes out full force in this film, including many improvised scenes