Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.Written by
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Robert Siodmak writes in his autobiography that he was the original director on the project, when it was still at 20th Century Fox, and worked for some time in close collaboration with Schulberg doing research and writing the script.After Zanuck got cold feet and the film moved to Columbia, Siodmak was cut out and his approaches to Schulberg to get compensation for his unpaid work went unanswered, which does not reflect well on Schulberg. See more »
Terry severely cuts his left hand trying to escape from a mob hit, and the bloody wound is emphasized in the following scene. But when he appears in court the next day, his hand appears uninjured. See more »
You take it from here, Slugger.
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Opening credits are shown over a bamboo-type mat background. See more »
Starting on 29 February 2004, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) channel plays this film in a widescreen aspect ratio of (1.85:1). This is despite the fact that the Columbia Tri-Star DVD (Release Date: October 23, 2001) is produced in only the Academy Standard (Full Screen or Pan&Scan) aspect ratio (1.33:1). Presumably, the intended ratio is (1.85:1). See more »
"Im just a bum sitting in a motor home on a film set, Brando said, and they come looking for ZEUS".
I think Brando was a guy who was perfect in the moment. All his power and shortcomings can be revealed in a single sentence. Other's might have been great and still more will be. But there's just something about him.
For me, Brando has always been the ultimate male. Simply put, bruiting desire. Brando represents the very definition of method acting, even though he was said to have hated the phrase. Being able to reach inside yourself and pull something out that kicks everyone in the ass. He was truly one of a kind. They say sometimes beautiful people are born under a dark cloud. I think Brando was born under a rain of thunderbolts. He was powerful and tragic.
On The Waterfront is basically a showcase for Brando. Everything coming together. This film is truly one for the ages.
I guess the only thing really wrong with this life is time.
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