On the Waterfront script
Synopsis: Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) persuaded him to throw a fight. When a longshoreman is murdered before he can testify about Friendly's control of the Hoboken waterfront, Terry teams up with the dead man's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) and the streetwise priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) to testify himself, against the advice of Friendly's lawyer, Terry's older brother Charley (Rod Steiger).

TERRY:

Go on, beat it!

MUTT:

A dime, Terry, a dime for a cup of coffee?

TERRY:

Don't give me that coffee, you rummy.

Now blow!

MUTT:

Thanks for nothing, you bum.

With a certain battered dignity, Mutt moves off, picking up his song,

"Tippi-tippi-tan, tippi-tan... ." Terry takes an anxious glance back

toward the tenement.

EXT—TENEMENT ROOFTOP—NIGHT

In the B.G. on the far shore is the New York skyline. In the M.G. a

ship is being unloaded on this side of the river. In the F.G. is a coop

of racing pigeons. Joey comes out on the roof and looks around. The

door f rom the tenement stairway creaks open and Joey turns.

JOEY:

Terry?

There is no answer. Joey is surprised.

JOEY:

That you, Terry?

Two men step out upon the roof, their faces hidden in shadows. Joey

looks startled and retreats a few steps.

JOEY:

Where's Terry?

The two men (BARNEY and SPECS) advance, silently.

JOEY (continued)

He said he'd meet me up here.

CLOSE SHOT—JOEY—ROOFTOP—NIGHT

Now he realizes the intentions of the two men. He looks around for some

means of escape.

MEDIUM CLOSE—BARNEY AND SPECS—ROOFTOP—NIGHT

From Joey's angle. Moving in.

MEDIUM CLOSE—JOEY—ROOFTOP—NIGHT

He makes a wild dash for the fire escape which leads him to the roof.

But when he reaches it, another goon, SLIM, appears, cutting off this

escape.

LONG SHOT—ROOFTOP—NIGHT

Joey turns and runs along the edge of the roof, the illuminated skyline

in the B.G. He

disappears from view as if he has jumped o ff the roof.

MEDIUM SHOT—LOWER ROOFTOP LEVEL—NIGHT

This rooftop is one floor lower than the rooftops on either side of it,

forming a trough between the two and providing no further avenue of

escape for Joey. As Joey looks around desperately, Barney appears on

upper level and another goon, SONNY, appears on the other. Now Joey is

trapped between them. As they move forward he retreats backward toward

the edge of the roof.

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Budd Schulberg

Budd Schulberg was an American screenwriter, television producer, novelist and sports writer. He was known for his 1941 novel, What Makes Sammy Run?, his 1947 novel The Harder They Fall, his 1954 Academy ... more…

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