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).

JOEY (defiantly)

You want me to jump so it looks

like an accident?

The assailants close in silently. Joey gestures them on.

JOEY:

Come on. I'll take one of you with me.

The goons edge in still closer, poker-faced, knowing they have him.

EXT—FRIENDLY BAR—NIGHT

An old-fashioned corner saloon with swinging doors. Standing on the

corner, fl anked by a goon aptly named the TRUCK is CHARLEY, THE GENT,

Terry's older brother, rather handsome if a little too smooth, in his

late thirties, a snappy dresser in his camel hair coat and snap brim

hat. He is quick-witted and affable, more politician than mobster.

Terry enters to him.

CHARLEY:

(gently)

How goes?

TERRY:

(tightly)

He's on the roof.

CHARLEY:

The pigeon?

TERRY:

(resentfully)

Like you said. It worked.

TRUCK:

(to Terry, tapping his own temple)

That brother of yours is thinkin' alla time.

TERRY:

(tense)

All the time.

There is a short, shrill, almost human cry of a boat whistle. It

changes slightly in pitch and we are hearing an actual cry.

CLOSE SHOT—BODY OF JOEY

Hurtling off roof, with a bloodcurdling shriek.

INT—CLOSE SHOT—WOMAN AT WINDOW (MRS. COLLINS)

She screams.

EXT—FRIENDLY BAR—FAVORING TERRY—NIGHT

Worried as he begins to wonder what happened.

TRUCK:

I'm afraid somebody fell off a roof.

Terry stares at him. Longshoremen come running out of the bar toward

the sound of the scream. Terry has to struggle not to be carried along

with them. He works his way toward Charley, standing on the curb with

Truck, calmly watching the Friendly Bar customers excitedly running

past him. (Calls and commotion in the distance O.S.)

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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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