On the Waterfront Overview:

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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorMarlon BrandoWon
Best Supporting ActorLee J. CobbNominated
Best Supporting ActorKarl MaldenNominated
Best Supporting ActorRod SteigerNominated
Best Supporting ActressEva Marie SaintWon
Best Art DirectionRichard DayWon
Best CinematographyBoris KaufmanWon
Best DirectorElia KazanWon
Best Film EditingGene MilfordWon
Best Music - ScoringLeonard BernsteinNominated
Best PictureSam Spiegel, ProducerWon
Best WritingBudd SchulbergWon
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On the Waterfront (1954)

By Beatrice on Dec 27, 2015 From Flickers in Time

On the Waterfront Directed by Elia Kazan Written by Budd Schulberg based on his original story suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson 1954/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation/Horizon Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #281 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Terry: Edie, you love me... Read full article


On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 3, 2015 From The Stop Button

On the Waterfront is relentlessly grim until the strangest moment in the finale. As the film finally reaches the point of savage, physical violence–it opens with the implication, but not the visualization of such violence–a supporting character (familiar but mostly background) makes a wi... Read full article


On the Waterfront, 1954, Elia Kazan

By Aaron West on May 17, 2015 From Criterion Blues

May 17 Posted by aaronwest Waterfront Week was quite an experiment. This is not something I’ve done before but I’ll most likely do it again for important films as they come along. Here are the posts from the week: Kazan Naming Names – This is about Elia Kazan’s experiences w... Read full article


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Terry: You know, I seen you a lot of times before. Remember parochial school out on Paluski Street? Seven, eight years ago. Your hair, you had your hair uh...
Edie: Braids.
Terry: Looked like a hunk of rope. And you had wires on your teeth and glasses and everything. You was really a mess.


Terry: You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.


[Terry returns to Johnny Friendly's bar after setting up Joey Doyle]
Charlie: So, how'd it go?
Terry: He up on the roof.
Charlie: The "pigeon"?
Terry: Uh, yeah, it worked.


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Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton considers the "I could of been a contender" scene to be one of the greatest moments ever put on film and refers in particular to the moment when Charlie (Rod Steiger) pulls the gun out on on Terry (Marlon Brando) who, instead of getting angry and defensive, slowly pushes the gun away greatly hurt by his brother's actions
As part of his contract, Marlon Brando only worked till 4 every day and then he would leave to go see his analyst. Brando's mother had recently died and the conflicted young actor was in therapy to resolve his issues with his parents. Interestingly, for the film's classic scene between Rod Steiger and Brando in the back of the cab, all of Steiger's close-ups were filmed after Brando had left for the day, so his lines were read by one of the crew members. Steiger remained very bitter about that for many years and often mentioned it in interviews.
Marlon Brando objected to certain aspects in the famous taxicab scene. When filming began, Brando began to improvise some dialogue, surprising Rod Steiger. After a while, Elia Kazan told Brando to "knock it off". The problem Brando had with the scene, as he explained to screenwriter Budd Schulberg and Kazan, was that he felt he (as Terry Malloy) would have difficulty trying to talk reasonably with his brother (played by Steiger) with a gun at his ribs. At this, Kazan agreed and told Brando to improvise. Kazan maintained that he did not direct Brando nor Steiger in this scene, he simply stood back and let the two actors direct themselves.
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