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On the Waterfront (Bilingual) (Special Edition) Marlon Brando Karl Malden Lee J. Cobb Rod Steiger

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Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint. An ex-boxer tries to find out where he belongs as he lives day to day as a dockworker and struggles against injustice in his NY labor union. 1954/b&w/108 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Marlon Brando's famous "I coulda been a contenda" speech is such a warhorse by now that a lot of people probably feel they've seen this picture already, even if they haven't. And many of those who have seen it may have forgotten how flat-out thrilling it is. For all its great dramatic and cinematic qualities, and its fiery social criticism, Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront is also one of the most gripping melodramas of political corruption and individual heroism ever made in the United States, a five-star gut-grabber. Shot on location around the docks of Hoboken, New Jersey, in the mid-1950s, it tells the fact-based story of a longshoreman (Brando's Terry Malloy) who is blackballed and savagely beaten for informing against the mobsters who have taken over his union and sold it out to the bosses. (Karl Malden has a more conventional stalwart-hero role, as an idealistic priest who nurtures Terry's pangs of conscience.) Lee J. Cobb, who created the role of Willy Loman in Death of Salesman under Kazan's direction on Broadway, makes a formidable foe as a greedy union leader. --David Chute

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Linda Levesque
May 9, 2017
Malheureusement, Hollywood ne savait pas quoi faire avec Monsieur Marlon Brando. Une scu00e8ne anthologique : celle du taxi, entiu00e8rement improvisu00e9e.
MN9130
July 13, 2017
There's a reason this movie is so highly regarded after all these years. The acting is great and the story engrossing.
Charles Hutton
January 11, 2017
Excellent movie.Marlon Brando is superb in this movie. Good story. Great movie.
Ayn Rant
June 26, 2017
amazing
Amazon Customer
February 9, 2017
Great movie. Powerful acting !!
john
May 2, 2017
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Jason Spencer
April 2, 2018
ON THE WATERFRONT, which won a total of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, has ended up on many Top Ten of All Time lists since its release in 1954. More than any other film, with the possible exception of THE GODFATHER , it has influenced multitudes of people to become actors and screenwriters. Even in RAGING BULL, the overweight and washed up Jake La Motta stands before his dressing room mirror reciting dialogue from WATERFRONT. As social commentary, it had cast a light on union corruption which was very pervasive in those days.
Marlon Brando won his first Oscar for his portrayal of Terry Malloy, an ex-boxer whose best days are behind him and is now a longshoreman on the New Jersey docks where his fellow workers are under the thumb of the ruthless union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Friendly's mouthpiece just happens to be Terry's older brother Charley, played by Rod Steiger.
Terry is content to be a stooge for Friendly until he inadvertently lures to his death a man who was due to testify before a waterfront crime commission. Overwhelmed by guilt, he befriends the dead man's sister Edie (Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint), an inexperienced young woman whose father had sent her to a convent so that she would not be exposed to the day to day hardships that is a part of waterfront life. As Edie is working with a crusading priest named Father Barry (Karl Malden) to find out who was responsible for her brother's murder, she starts seeing Terry socially, not knowing of his involvement.
As she begins to have a positive influence on Terry , Friendly is concerned that he may testify before the commission. Charley is dispatched to convince Terry otherwise, and the scene with them in the back of a cab is probably the most talked about and analyzed in acting schools. It is there that we learn about Terry's downfall and the role that Charley played in it. When Charley fails to turn him around, Friendly has him killed in retaliation. Angered, Terry spills his guts to the commission , resulting in Friendly's indictment, but finds himself ostracized by his fellow longshoremen as an informer. With nothing left to lose, he confronts Friendly in full view of his ex-colleagues, where the two men engage in a vicious brawl until Terry is badly beaten by Friendly's goons........ but he ends up humiliating the union boss and forever weakening his rule.
The film was shot on location on the New Jersey docks, where the the mob still ruled with an iron fist, so the risk of violence was a very real possibility. The black & white photography gives it the necessarily gritty feel, and you can feel the harsh autumn simply by the sight of the actors' breath. Leonard Bernstein contributes the original score.
As with many works of art, there is a dark side and it involves director Elia Kazan. In 1952, Kazan appeared before the House Un American Activities Committee as a
Amazon Customer
July 13, 2014
ON THE WATERFRONT [1954] [The Criterion Collection Special Edition] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prize-fighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry, a raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and institutional corruption. u2018On the Waterfrontu2019 charts Terry's deepening moral crisis as he must choose whether to remain loyal to the mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly [Lee J. Cobb] and Johnny's right-hand man, Terry's brother, Charley [Rod Steiger], as the authorities close in on them. Driven by the vivid, naturalistic direction of Elia Kazan and savy streetwise dialogue by Budd Schulberg. u2018On the Waterfrontu2019 was an instant sensation, winning eight Oscarsu00ae, including the best picture, director, actor, supporting actress Eva Marie Saint, and screenplay.

FILM FACT: u2018On the Waterfrontu2019 was a critical and commercial success and received 12 Academy Awardu00ae nominations, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Marlon Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Eva Marie Saint, and Best Director for Elia Kazan. In 1997 it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 8th greatest American film of all time. It is Leonard Bernstein's only original film score not adapted from a stage production with songs.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Ben Wagner, James Westerfield, Katherine MacGregor, Fred Gwynne, Leif Erickson, Martin Balsam, Pat Hingle and Nehemiah Persoff

Director: Elia Kazan

Producer: Sam Spiegel

Screenplay: Budd Schulberg

Composer: Leonard Bernstein

Cinematography: Boris Kaufman

Video Resolution: 1080p [Black and White]

Aspect Ratios: 1.66:1, 1.85:1 and 1.33:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 1.0 PCM Audio Mono

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 108 minutes

Number of discs: 2

Region: Region A/1

Studio: The Criterion Collection

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: The truly great films have it all and a meaningful story, resonating themes, incisive direction, powerful performances, a literate screenplay, superior cinematography, and a driving narrative force that grabs the attention of an audience and keeps it spellbound from the opening frames to the closing credits. Not many films possess all these elusive components, but 'On the Waterfront' does in spades. Elia Kazan's gripping study of mob corruption along the docks of New York and one man's willingness to stand up against it is that rare cinematic jewel that's blistering and tender, romantic and suspenseful, intelligent and entertaining. Featuring Marlon Brando's finest performance (and that includes Stanley Kowalski in 'A Streetcar Named Desire') and directed with artful realism and keen insight by Elia Kazan, 'On the Waterfront,' almost six decades after it first premiered, remains one of Hollywood's most searing and riveting motion pictures. And this dynamite edition from Criterion gives this unforgettable movie the respect and attention it deserves. The year is still young, but it's impossible to imagine any other classic release eclipsing it.

Ex-boxer Terry Malloy [Marlon Brando] earns an inconsequential living working for waterfront crime boss Johnny Friendly [Lee J. Cobb]. But when he unwittingly lures a rebellious dockworker to his death, Terry Malloy suffers pangs of guilt. Through the love of Edie Doyle [Eva Marie Saint], the murdered man's sister, and the support of Father Barry [Karl Malden], a crime-fighting priest, Terry Malloy finds the moral courage to stand up to Johnny Friendly and his goons and accepts the violent consequences of his decision.

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