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On the Waterfront

(DVD - 2001)
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On the Waterfront
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Terry Malloy is a washed-up ex-prize fighter corrupted along with brother Charley at an early age by a ruthless Mob-connected union boss named Johnny Friendly, who runs the waterfront. Malloy is now an errand-boy for the union, while Charley (in return for a college education) is now a lawyer for them. Malloy assists in the killing of a longshoreman who was talking to the crime commission investigating the union. He soon meets the dead man's agonized sister, Edie Doyle, and has a change of mind. Activist priest Father Barry argues with Malloy about morality, responsibility, and doing the right thing. Malloy's guilt, his romantic feelings for Edie, and an assault on Father Barry overwhelm him and he turns informer. Malloy's defiant testimony before the commission leads to a climactic bloody battle that wrests the union from the boss' tenacious grasp.
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures Corporation presents ; an Elia Kazan production ; a Horizon picture ; screenplay by Budd Schulberg ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; directed by Elia Kazan
Title: On the waterfront
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Corp. : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2001
Edition: Special ed
Country of Producing Entity: United States
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based upon an original story by Budd Schulberg, suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1954
Special features: Commentary with film critic Richard Schickel & Elia Kazan biographer Jeff Young [optional audio feature]; Contender: Mastering the Method [exclusive featurette] (25 min.); A conversation with Elia Kazan [interview] (12 min.); Video photo gallery [slide show] (5 min.); Filmographies [text feature]; Theatrical trailers (8 min.)
Contents: Start
Returning Danny boy
"Someone fell off the roof."
Johnny Friendly
Waterfront commission mugs
How trigger locals work
Designated stoolie
Meeting adjourned
Getting acquainted
Lowdown on Terry
Up on the roof
Neighborhood saloon
Wedding party
Friendly warning
Dropping a sling on Dugan
Promise kept
Terry & Father Barry
Telling Edie the truth
Talk of past favors
"I coulda been a contender."
At Edie's
"Charlie's in trouble."
Waiting for Big John
Crime Commission hearing
Pigeon for a pigeon
"You're a cheap mug!"
Labor vs. Union
Finishing what he started
Credits: Director of photography, Boris Kaufman ; editor, Gene Milford ; art director, Richard Day ; music, Leonard Bernstein.
Performers: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson, James Westerfield, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello, John Hamilton, John Heldabrand, Rudy Bond, Don Blackman, Arthur Keegan, Abe Simon, Eva Marie Saint.
Summary: Terry Malloy is a washed-up ex-prize fighter corrupted along with brother Charley at an early age by a ruthless Mob-connected union boss named Johnny Friendly, who runs the waterfront. Malloy is now an errand-boy for the union, while Charley (in return for a college education) is now a lawyer for them. Malloy assists in the killing of a longshoreman who was talking to the crime commission investigating the union. He soon meets the dead man's agonized sister, Edie Doyle, and has a change of mind. Activist priest Father Barry argues with Malloy about morality, responsibility, and doing the right thing. Malloy's guilt, his romantic feelings for Edie, and an assault on Father Barry overwhelm him and he turns informer. Malloy's defiant testimony before the commission leads to a climactic bloody battle that wrests the union from the boss' tenacious grasp.
Audience: MPAA Rating Not rated Canadian Home Video Rating PG
System Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; full screen presentation preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition; digitally remastered
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; full screen presentation preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition; digitally remastered
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; full screen presentation preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition; digitally remastered
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; full screen presentation preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition; digitally remastered
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; full screen presentation preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition; digitally remastered
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital mono; full screen presentation preserving the 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition; digitally remastered
Other Language: In English or dubbed French with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, or Thai; closed-captioned
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, 1954 Venice Film Festival: Italian Film Critics Award and Silver Lion-Elia Kazan; 1955 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role-Marlon Brando; Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Eva Marie Saint; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White-Richard Day; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White-Boris Kaufman; Best Film Editing-Gene Milford; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Budd Schulberg; Best Director-Elia Kazan; Best Picture-Sam Spiegel
Winner, 1954 Venice Film Festival: Italian Film Critics Award and Silver Lion-Elia Kazan; 1955 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role-Marlon Brando; Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Eva Marie Saint; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White-Richard Day; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White-Boris Kaufman; Best Film Editing-Gene Milford; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Budd Schulberg; Best Director-Elia Kazan; Best Picture-Sam Spiegel
Winner, 1954 Venice Film Festival: Italian Film Critics Award and Silver Lion-Elia Kazan; 1955 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role-Marlon Brando; Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Eva Marie Saint; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White-Richard Day; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White-Boris Kaufman; Best Film Editing-Gene Milford; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Budd Schulberg; Best Director-Elia Kazan; Best Picture-Sam Spiegel
Winner, 1954 Venice Film Festival: Italian Film Critics Award and Silver Lion-Elia Kazan; 1955 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role-Marlon Brando; Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Eva Marie Saint; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White-Richard Day; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White-Boris Kaufman; Best Film Editing-Gene Milford; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Budd Schulberg; Best Director-Elia Kazan; Best Picture-Sam Spiegel
Winner, 1954 Venice Film Festival: Italian Film Critics Award and Silver Lion-Elia Kazan; 1955 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role-Marlon Brando; Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Eva Marie Saint; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White-Richard Day; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White-Boris Kaufman; Best Film Editing-Gene Milford; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Budd Schulberg; Best Director-Elia Kazan; Best Picture-Sam Spiegel
Winner, 1954 Venice Film Festival: Italian Film Critics Award and Silver Lion-Elia Kazan; 1955 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role-Marlon Brando; Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Eva Marie Saint; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White-Richard Day; Best Cinematography, Black-and-White-Boris Kaufman; Best Film Editing-Gene Milford; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Budd Schulberg; Best Director-Elia Kazan; Best Picture-Sam Spiegel
Subject Headings: Corruption Drama Organized crime Drama Clergy Drama Stevedores Labor unions Corrupt practices Drama New York (N.Y.) Drama Schulberg, Budd Film adaptations Johnson, Malcolm M. (Malcolm Malone), 1904-1976 Film adaptations Gangster films Sindicatos Corrupción y prácticas corruptas Teatro. bidex Stevedores Labor unions Corrupt practices Drama Gangster films. lcsh Video recordings for the hearing impaired. lcsh
Genre/Form: Gangster films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films-United States
Topical Term: Corruption
Organized crime
Clergy
Stevedores
Gangster films
Sindicatos
Stevedores
Gangster films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Publisher No: 78409
ISBN: 0767804279
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE O
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Apr 11, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An interesting film about the corruption in unions on the docks.

Oct 17, 2013
  • m_t rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite movies of all time. Fantastic performances and a great story!

Jul 14, 2013
  • liquiddemons rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sad to say that me as a big movie fan is viewing this classic for the first time. Brando is excellent in this, as you can imagine he'd be. I'd put his performance in this up against his performance in The Godfather. Otherwise I found it a bit dated. But I guess after nearly 60 years one might find a movie to be a bit dated? The string section that was used as background music in some tender scenes is absolute saccharine. Worth a watch though for Brando's epic performance.

Recently borrowed this DVD and it would not play at all on my dvd player. It is irreparably damaged. I am certain that the problem is not my dvd player.
William Barnhart

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One man, with guts, stands alone struggling with his conscience, widespread fear, and mob corruption. Marlon Brando deserved the Academy Award for his performance in this masterpiece. Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb - all brilliant. A timeless, magnificent film directed by the brilliant Elia Kazan. FIVE STARS.

Dec 28, 2011
  • IMCHRE8TV rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have frequently heard reference as to how good this film was, and have heard people mimicking, "I coulda been a contender, and only recently took the time to see this classic film. Good ACTING by one and all. Not styling and profiling of celebrities pretending to be actors but true actors working at their craft. Brando. Steiger. Saint. Supporting cast supports & shines!!!!

"On the Waterfront is a STORY of relationships -- Two brothers, unions, greed, love, power, rich, poor --- oh yeah, and pigeons -- raising pigeons -- See it.

One film I am glad that they have not touched trying to remake it. Film at its best.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

...I coulda had class... I coulda been a contender... I coulda been SOMEBODY... instead of a BUM... which is what I am... let's face it...

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