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On the Waterfront

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures Corp. : Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2001
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 0767804279
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE O
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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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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