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Quotations from On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront is a crime drama film about corruption among longshoremen and union violence and the fight of one man who tries to stop it. The film follows the life of Terry Malloy, an ex-fighter who is a dockworker. Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint. Based on a 24-part series titled "Crime on the Waterfront" by Malcolm Johnson. This movie won eight Oscar awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

On the Waterfront is a one of Marlon Brando's best works. The movie was filmed in just 36 days. Many of the characters are based on real-life people. Read some quotes from On the Waterfront below.


Father Barry: Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. Well, they better wise up!
Terry: If I spill, my life ain't worth a nickel.
Father Barry: And how much is your soul worth if you don't?
Edie: Which side are you with?
Terry: Me? I'm with me, Terry.
Terry: Hey, you wanna hear my philosophy of life? Do it to him before he does it to you.
Edie: But Pop, I've seen things that I know are so wrong. Now how can I go back to school and keep my mind on... on things that are just in books, that-that-that aren't people living?
Terry: You know, I seen you a lot of times before. Remember parochial school out on Paluski Street? Seven, eight years ago. Your hair, you had your hair uh...
Edie: Braids.
Terry: Looked like a hunk of rope. And you had wires on your teeth and glasses and everything. You was really a mess.
Big Mac: The only arithmetic he ever got was hearing the referee count up to ten.
Father Barry: You want to know what's wrong with our waterfront? It's the love of a lousy buck. It's making love of a buck - -the cushy job - -more important than the love of man!
Edie: Shouldn't everybody care about everybody else?
Terry: Boy, what a fruitcake you are!
Terry: You think you're God Almighty, but you know what you are? You're a cheap, lousy, dirty, stinkin' mug! And I'm glad what I done to you, ya hear that? I'm glad what I done!
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