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Title:
On the waterfront
Author:
Kazan, Elia.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
An ex-fighter gets a job working on the gang-ridden waterfront under a crooked gangster boss.
General Note:
Special ed.

Based on a story by Budd Schulberg.

Special features include: digitally mastered audio & video; audio English (mono), French; subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; interviews; trailers; filmographies; production notes; and more.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780767804271
UPC:
043396784093
Format :
DVD

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This classic story of Mob informers was based on a number of true stories and filmed on location in and around the docks of New York and New Jersey. Mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) rules the waterfront with an iron fist. The police know that he's been responsible for a number of murders, but witnesses play deaf and dumb ("plead D & D"). Washed-up boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) has had an errand-boy job because of the influence of his brother Charley, a crooked union lawyer (Rod Steiger). Witnessing one of Friendly's rub-outs, Terry is willing to keep his mouth shut until he meets the dead dockworker's sister, Edie (Eva Marie Saint). "Waterfront priest" Father Barry (Karl Malden) tells Terry that Edie's brother was killed because he was going to testify against boss Friendly before the crime commission. Because he could have intervened, but didn't, Terry feels somewhat responsible for the death. When Father Barry receives a beating from Friendly's goons, Terry is persuaded to cooperate with the commission. Featuring Brando's famous "I coulda been a contendah" speech, On the Waterfront has often been seen as an allegory of "naming names" against suspected Communists during the anti-Communist investigations of the 1950s. Director Elia Kazan famously informed on suspected Communists before a government committee -- unlike many of his colleagues, some of whom went to prison for refusing to "name names" and many more of whom were blacklisted from working in the film industry for many years to come -- and Budd Schulberg's screenplay has often been read as an elaborate defense of the informer's position. On the Waterfront won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Supporting Actress for Saint. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Library Journal Review

Marlon Brando delivers a knockout as longshoreman Terry Malloy, a once-promising boxer who "coulda been a contender" if he hadn't taken a dive at the urging of his older brother (Rod Steiger). After falling for the sister (Eva Marie Saint) of a murdered informant he had fingered for talking with authorities about union corruption, Malloy redeems himself with the help of a socially conscious priest (Karl Malden), testifying against the mob-connected labor boss (Lee J. Cobb). With a bracingly potent script by Budd Schulberg (A Face in the Crowd), this restored 1954 Academy Award winner has never looked so good. VERDICT Interviews with two of the film's actors, movie critics, filmmakers, and others, plus an hour-long documentary on director Kazan, make this classic worth the upgrade and an odds-on contender for top-discs-of-the-year honors.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.