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: 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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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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