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On the Bowery (1956)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 19 July 1962 (Hungary)
At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short ... See full summary »

Director:

Lionel Rogosin
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Salyer ... Self
Gorman Hendricks ... Self
Frank Matthews ... Self
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Storyline

At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short term employment on a day to day basis, their daily earnings which primarily go into booze. Those that can't or won't work generally sponge off whoever they can, especially for that next drink. New to the neighborhood is Ray, who most recently had been working the rails in New Jersey. He is one of those who can and still does work, but like the others spends what little money he has on booze, which means he usually sleeps on the streets in a drunken stupor. The only person he would probably consider a friend in the neighborhood is the elderly Gorman, who in turn takes advantage of his new friend at whatever opportunity. When he's sober, Ray understands that alcohol is ruining his life, and as such states that he will try to stop drinking. The questions become whether Ray has either the will or the ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Third Avenue El, featured prominently in this film, was closed a couple months before filming began, but demolition had not yet began. That is why no trains are seen are heard on it in this picture. See more »

Quotes

Gorman Hendricks, Himself: Hey, what's the matter with you, anyway? You went out of that place like a turpentined cat.
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Can we really call this a documentary?
2 April 2003 | by Agent10See all my reviews

On The Bowery is quite strange to watch, considering the odd feeling one gets when watching this film. Is it unscripted? Is this really what happens? In the end, the film feels like a confabulated lie, one that shouldn't have been identified as a certain extreme. As a piece of fictionalized reality, this film does feel rather decent in its context. Sadly, only history will dictate how this movie is percieved, and even then, it will still be a perception that is not quite correct.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1962 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf der Bowery See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,236, 19 September 2010

Gross USA:

$41,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,802
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rogosin Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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