On the waterfront

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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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auth_author2 Almereyda, Michael,, Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990,, Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990., Blackman, Don,, Bond, Rudy, 1912-1982,, Brando, Marlon,, Cobb, Lee J., 1911-1976,, Day, Richard, 1894-1972,, Erickson, Leif, 1911-1986,, Fisher, James Terence,, Galento, Tony, 1910-1979,, Hamilton, John, 1893-1967,, Hanley, T., Heldabrand, John,, Henning, Pat, 1911-1973,, Johnson, Malcolm M. 1904-1976,, Jones, Kent, 1964-, Kaufman, Boris,, Kaufman, Boris., Kazan, Elia,, Keegan, Arthur, -1967,, Malden, Karl,, Mauriello, Tami, 1923-1999,, Milford, Gene,, Milford, Gene., Saint, Eva Marie, 1924-, Schickel, Richard,, Schulberg, Budd,, Scorsese, Martin,, Simon, Abe, 1913-1969,, Spiegel, Sam,, Spiegel, Sam., Steiger, Rod, 1925-2002,, Transfield, Flo,, Westerfield, James, 1913-1971,, Young, Jeff,
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display_description An ex-fighter gets a job working on the gang-ridden waterfront under a crooked gangster boss. Terry Malloy is a washed-up ex-prize fighter corrupted along with brother Charley at an early age by a ruthless Mob-connected union boss named Johnny Friendly, who runs the waterfront. Malloy is now an errand-boy for the union, while Charley (in return for a college education) is now a lawyer for them. Malloy assists in the killing of a longshoreman who was talking to the crime commission investigating the union. He soon meets the dead man's agonized sister, Edie Doyle, and has a change of mind. Activist priest Father Barry argues with Malloy about morality, responsibility, and doing the right thing. Malloy's guilt, his romantic feelings for Edie, and an assault on Father Barry overwhelm him and he turns informer. Malloy's defiant testimony before the commission leads to a climactic bloody battle that wrests the union from the boss' tenacious grasp.
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subject_facet Clergy -- Drama, Corruption -- Drama, Drama, Feature films, Gangster -- Feature, Gangster films, New York (N.Y.) -- Drama, Organized crime -- Drama, Sindicatos -- Corrupción y prácticas corruptas -- Teatro, Stevedores -- Labor unions -- Corrupt practices -- Drama, Video recordings for the hearing impaired
title_display On the waterfront
title_full On the waterfront [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures Corporation ; screenplay by Budd Schulberg ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; directed by Elia Kazan, On the waterfront [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures Corporation presents ; an Elia Kazan production ; screenplay by Budd Schulberg ; a Horizon picture ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; directed by Elia Kazan
title_short On the waterfront
topic_facet Clergy, Corrupción y prácticas corruptas, Corrupt practices, Corruption, Labor unions, Organized crime, Sindicatos, Stevedores
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