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On the Waterfront (Special Edition) (1954)

Marlon Brando , Karl Malden , Elia Kazan  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning
  • Directors: Elia Kazan
  • Writers: Budd Schulberg, Malcolm Johnson
  • Producers: Sam Spiegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "On the Waterfront (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive Featurette: "CONTENDER-Mastering the Method"
  • Elia Kazan Interview
  • Vintage Photo Gallery
  • Talent Files (Elia Kazan, Writer Budd Schulberg, Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb and Eva Marie Saint)

Editorial Reviews

Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances as Best Actor in this 1954 Academy Award(r) winner for Best Film. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender butnow 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 Friendly's underworld empire. Directed by Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire) and written by Budd Schulberg (What Makes Sammy Run?), this unforgettable drama about Terry's redemption is among the most acclaimed of all films.

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146 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was you Charlie.... March 25, 2001
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If you want to know why Marlon Brando inspired and influenced an entire generation of actors, see On the Waterfront. His Terry Malloy is real down to his fingernails. Brando in his prime took and held the screen like no one else, absolutely magnetic, whether as a seeming uncaring pug with unawakened nobility in his heart (Terry) or a Mexican revolutionary (see Viva Zapata) or a racist jet ace (Sayonara) or whatever.

Matching Brando is a perfect cast. Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb, there isn't a missed note or lesser performance from any of them, not to mention the thugs and real-life dockworkers surrounding them. Elia Kazan was an actor's director, and his skill at eliciting superior performance is nowhere more evident than here. He also knew how to make a movie, and his work with the camera and pacing is first rate. The B&W photography is gritty, beautiful and serves to locate the film in time and place while eliminating distraction from the performances.

You must know the story by now, culled from the real dockside union problems of the day, Budd Schulberg & Kazan fashioned a story that is about courage, loyalty (misplaced and otherwise), responsibilty and the willingness to stand up for something, stand alone if need be, and in that stance to risk the mistrust and misunderstanding and ostracism of your friends, your society, and the loss of your place in the world and even your life. They created a powerful melodrama of greed & corruption, of the struggle with compromise and conscience, of loss and redemption.

Frankly, this is just great movie making. It isn't done any better than this, and if for some reason you have never seen this film, treat yourself to excellence.

This is one of the best, don't miss it, and don't miss one of our greatest actors in his prime.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of all time November 20, 2000
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Often mentioned among the greatest films of all time, this gritty story of corruption in the longshoremen's union and one man's courage to resist the mob bosses, hits with the force of an emotional sledgehammer. The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won 8 including best picture, best actor for Marlon Brando, best director for Elian Kazan and best supporting actress for Eva Marie Saint in her feature film debut. The acting talent was so deep that four cast members (Saint, Malden, Cobb, Steiger) were nominated in the best supporting actor category. The film was also rated number 8 on AFI's top 100 list of the twentieth century.
The story focuses on Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), a small-time former boxer whose brother was highly placed in the corrupt longshoremen's union. Terry lures out Joey Doyle, an informant and friend of his, so the mobsters can deal with him. Terry thinks they are going to rough him up to keep him quiet, but instead, they throw him off a roof to his death. The guilt begins to gnaw at Terry, compounded by the fact that he is falling in love with Joey's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint). He is further urged to inform on the mob by Father Barry (Karl Malden) setting up a dramatic confrontation with the union.
The setting was highly realistic, filmed on the docks of Hoboken, NJ with the New York City skyline as its backdrop. Most of the extras were actual longshoremen who worked on those same docks. The use of black and white film rather than color only served to enhance the dramatic effects.
This film was a vehement and personal political statement by Elian Kazan. Kazan had just finished testifying before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, naming former associates who were affiliated with the Communist party.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic triumph!!! May 9, 2004
Format:DVD
"On the waterfront" is one of my favourite movies of all time. Marlon Brando is superb in this film and the dramatic tension throughout the entire production is a testament to the filmaker's skills. The acting, cinematography and script are all top-notch here.
To the guy who wants this in widescreen, widescreen was not used greatly in 1954, the previous year saw the first use of it with "the Robe" so I wouldn't be holding my breath to see this one released in widescreen! For the other guy who won't watch it unless it's in colour, I hope your joking!! Talk about spoiling a great film.
Thanks for reading and buy and enjoy this dvd.
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68 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING TRANSFER OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC March 10, 2003
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
Columbia continues its downward spiral where its classic DVD output is concerned. "On The Waterfront" is not only a great Academy Award winning film, it is an American icon. The plot is concerned with a union stooge, Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) who eventually realizes that the intimidation racket of his boss, Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) is an evil and destructive force in his community. Eva Marie Saint costars as Edie Doyle, the sister of a man who was thrown off of a rooftop on Friendly?s orders. It is partially through her love and the stoic commitment of Father Barry (Carl Malden) that Terry reforms his ways. Rod Steiger is particularly effective as Charley Malloy, Terry?s brother.
Quite simply: this transfer is a let down. Contrast levels are extremely low, fine details are lost in video noise reduction enhancement and digital grit, grain and noise are detected throughout. The gray scale is poorly balanced. Scratches, chips and distortions in the original camera negative stick out like a soar thumb. The audio is mono and undistinguished. It's not a bad mix, though there are moments where a slight background hiss crops up. No extras! Oh, come on Columbia. This is one of your BEST PICTURES and it gets this kind of treatment on DVD?!? It ?could'a been a contenda'!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the great old movies. Brando is wonderful with a star studded cast.
Published 9 days ago by Thomas L. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Aww the Good old days with Good Old movies..
What can I say that people who know about this movie haven;t said? What an icredible movie with Brando.... wow! I'm proud to have it as part as my collection.
Published 17 days ago by LunaLady
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Waterfront [1954] [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]
On the Waterfront [1954] [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prize-fighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A wonderful classic that continues to work its magic. Brando and the entire cast are at their best in this one. Be sure to watch the "making of" feature. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a reason Brando is hailed as the greatest!
This movie perfectly illustrates two things: How the people closest to you will be the ones who hurt you the most; but how one good person's love can turn your whole world around... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MG
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top ten movies of all time
First saw this movie if a film class. Was awestruck then and still am. Brando and Eva Marie-Saint that their best.
Published 1 month ago by S. Metzger
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
"On The Waterfront" has become, quite deservedly, one of the great motion pictures of all time. Whether you see it on VHS or DVD, you must experience this film!
Published 2 months ago by Earle Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars "You come from Greenpoint, go back to Greenpoint. You don't work here...
Academy Award nominations: Supporting Actor-Lee Cobb, Supporting Actor-Karl Malden, Supporting Actor-Rod Stieger and Original Score. Read more
Published 3 months ago by March boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic, still works
This continues to be ranked as one of the great American films -- and with good reason. The Criterion version is, as usual, best in the field.
Published 3 months ago by Rebus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brando and Steiger
Worth watching just for the scene in the back of the cab. One of the top 5 movies of all time.
Published 3 months ago by Edward Kersh
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