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        On The Waterfront
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          "I coulda been a contender..." - Marlon Brando

        Those lines are now among the most famous uttered in movie history. It's interesting to note that initially Brando wasn't happy with that scene and the authenticity of it. And yet the sheer power of it even now, nearly 60 years later, still holds true. The pain, the hurt, the hopelessness of looking back at what might of been, are all there in those words and the pain on Brando's face. It is the stuff of parody now and that is its greatest testimony.


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        Marlon Brando - On The Waterfront, 1954
        © Sony Pictures

        credits

        directed:

          Elia Kazan, 1954

        produced:

          Sam Spiegel

        running time:

          108 minutes. B&W

        scr:

          Budd Schulberg

        phot:

          Boris Kaufman

        mus:

          Leonard Bernstein


        main cast:


        oscars:

        • best film
        • best actor (Brando)
        • best director
        • best screenplay
        • best supporting actress (Saint)
        • best cinematography
        • best art direction (Richard Day)
        • best film editing (Gene Milford)


        oscar nominations:


        A classic piece of realist drama, filmed on location in New York, and one of the most powerful films of its decade, which incorporates possibly Marlon Brando's finest performance (though my personal favourite for its raw power and revolutonary style is Streetcar followed by this one and the mess that is Apocalypse) and certainly Rod Steiger's. Brando is the ex-boxer ('I coulda been a contender') who, through a variety of circumstances including the murder of his corrupt brother (Steiger), stands alone against Lee J. Cobb's Mafiosi, who control New York's waterfront.

        Both the writer, Budd Schulberg, and the director, Elia Kazan, had testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee and Brando's final transition from perceived stool pigeon to defiant hero is sometimes interpreted as their justification for their own actions. Whether this is so or not is unimportant, though it gives an added point of interest. Brando's performance as the inarticulate former pug whose inherent decency forces him, reluctantly, to take on the hoodlums is magnificient. And yet, in the much-paradied car scene wherein he delivers the 'contender' speech, he is almost acted off the screen by Steiger, appearing in only his second film. But then the entire cast is excellent and for once the Method style of acting, which they all embrace, is exactly right.

        Schulberg, who wrote the script from Malcolm Johnson's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles about the work of a Jesuit priest (played by Karl Malden), later developed his screenplay into a novel and gave it a more downbeat, but undoubtedly more likely, ending. An introductory note tot he film claims optimistically that corruption can be beaten by constitutional means; Schulberg's novel suggests realistically thhat it can't.

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        The UK 2001 release of the classic film is a strange one. Throughout its 10 year plus history it has continously seemed to come in-and-out-of-print. Sometimes it is in the bargain basement and stays there for many a year and then it can't be found and everyone seemingly wants it which pushes the price up and up. Really bizarre. It is one of the great films and you would think that Sony/Columbia Classics would always make copes available. Any period where there is none really shouldn't happen as this is a must-see film for every generation. As of 2016 I bought these in bulk to sell at an affordable price. Any profits will be ploughed back into the site to make it as in-depth site on the great man as possible.

        I do think it is the best Dvd release of the film ever made. Below are scans of the Dvd and all the features.


        On The Waterfront Dvd Cover
        On The Waterfront UK Dvd Cover (Front), 2001

        On The Waterfront Dvd Cover
        On The Waterfront UK Dvd Cover (Back), 2001

        • Genre: Crime
        • Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Leif Erickson
        • Director: Elia Kazan
        • Age Restriction: PG V
        • Running Time: 103 min

        • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

        • Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian

        • Dolby Digital
        • Fullscreen format, 1.33:1
        • Screen Format: Full Screen 1.33:1
        • Audio Format: Mono

          5050582427073

          Special Features:

        • Interview With Elia Kazan
        • Contender: Mastering The Method
        • Audio Commentary
        • Filmographies
        • Video Photo Gallery
        • Theatrical Trailer
        • Interactive Menus
        • Scene Access

        BACK COVER:

        Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances and was named Best Actor at the 1954 Academy Awards for On The Waterfront. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender, but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death, but it takes the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man's sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. When his crooked brother Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger) is brutally murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush underworld empire.

        Directed by the legendary Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire, East of Eden) and written by Budd Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run?), On The Waterfront's unforgettable urban drama of redemption makes it one of the most powerful films of all time.

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