On the Waterfront (1954) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam Spiegel.
The film was based on the newspaper article Crime on the Waterfront from the New York Sun, 24-part series written by Malcolm Johnson published in Nov-Dec 1948.
On the Waterfront was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.
Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Marlon Brando||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Lee J. Cobb||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Karl Malden||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Rod Steiger||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Eva Marie Saint||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Richard Day||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Boris Kaufman||Won|
|Best Director||Elia Kazan||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Gene Milford||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Leonard Bernstein||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Sam Spiegel, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Budd Schulberg||Won|
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Terry: Quite a nose, huh? Some people just have a face that sticks in your mind.
Terry: If I spill, my life ain't worth a nickel.
Father Barry: And how much is your soul worth if you don't?
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Thomas Handley, (who played Terry Molloy's teenage friend Tommy, was hired by the production to feed the pigeons on set. His father, a longshoreman, had been blackballed for anti-union activities, and disappeared when Hanley was 4 months old. Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg had him audition for the role, and coaxed an angry response out of him by calling his father a rat. He was paid $500 for his role, but never really acted again. He went on to become a longshoreman, and in 2002 was elected recording secretary of his union after yet another corrupt leadership was ousted.
According to Arthur Miller in his autobiography "Timebends", he had written a screenplay dealing with corruption on the New York waterfront called "The Hook". Elia Kazan had agreed to direct it, and in 1951 they went to see Harry Cohn at Columbia Pictures about making the picture. Cohn agreed in principle to make "The Hook", but his minions were troubled by the portrayal of corrupt union officials. When Cohn asked that the antagonists of the script be changed to Communists, Miller refused. Cohn sent Miller a letter telling him it was interesting that he had resisted Columbia's desire to make the movie pro-American. This film, which did include corrupt union officials, was based on articles by Malcolm Johnson. Kazan asked Miller to write the script, but he declined due to his disenchantment with Kazan's friendly testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Budd Schulberg, a fellow HUAC informer, developed the story and wrote the script. The movie was produced by Sam Spiegel and distributed by Columbia, which had turned down "The Hook".
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