On The Waterfront Movie Review Summary

Actors: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

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Terry Malloy (Brando) is a young ex-prizefighter who tends to his pigeons and runs errands for the corrupt boss of the longshoremen's union, Johnny Friendly (Cobb). Terry's older brother Charley (Steiger) is a confederate of the boss. Terry witnesses a murder committed by a couple of Friendly's thugs, visits the victim's sister Edie (Saint), and feels partly responsible. A tough priest, Father Barry (Malden), urges Terry to go before the Waterfront Crime Commission and provide information that will crack the union racketeers. This 1954 classic, directed by Elia Kazan and written by veteran screenwriter Budd Schulberg based on a 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson, won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Supporting for Saint. It also generated controversy as a tale which, in a sense, honors "stool pigeons," which many regarded Kazan to be after he went before the 1952 House UnAmerican Activities Committee and named names that helped ruin many Hollywood careers. Even when he received an honorary Oscar in 1999, there were fierce protests. But the film, with its exciting camerawork, a thrilling score by 36-year-old Leonard Bernstein, and great acting (watch for uncredited appearances by Martin Balsam and Fred Gwynne, as well), stands on its own.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   politicians    -   Mafia conflict

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   athlete    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Super muscles! (man)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   gory visuals of torture Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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