Buy the VHS video tape of the Academy Award winning movie On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan, written by Malcolm Johnson and Budd Schulberg, starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, and Rod Steiger.

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On the Waterfront (1954)

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Marlon Brando's famous "I coulda beena contenda" speech is such a warhorse by now that a lot of people probably feel they've seen this picture already, even if they haven't. And many of those who have seen it may have forgotten how flat-out thrilling it is. For all its great dramatic and cinematic qualities, and its fiery social criticism, Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront is also one of the most gripping melodramas of political corruption and individual heroism ever made in the United States, a five-star gut-grabber. Shot on location around the docks of Hoboken, New Jersey, in the mid-1950s, it tells the fact-based story of a longshoreman (Brando's Terry Malloy) who is blackballed and savagely beaten for informing against the mobsters who have taken over his union and sold it out to the bosses. (Karl Malden has a more conventional stalwart-hero role, as an idealistic priest who nurtures Terry's pangs of conscience.) Lee J. Cobb, who created the role of Willy Loman in Death of Salesman under Kazan's direction on Broadway, makes a formidable foe as a greedy union leader. --David Chute, Amazon

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The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80703 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts. Eva Marie Saint's film debut. Additional cast includes: Pat Henning, Tony Galento, Tami Mauriello, Don Blackman, Abe Simon, Arthur Keegan, Mike O'Dowd, Thomas Handley and Anne Hegira.

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Academy Awards won by On the Waterfront:

Best Actor
Marlon Brando
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Richard Day (I)
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Boris Kaufman
Best Director
Elia Kazan
Best Film Editing
Gene Milford
Best Picture
Sam Spiegel
Best Supporting Actress
Eva Marie Saint
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay
Budd Schulberg

Cast overview, first billed only:

Marlon Brando .... Terry Malloy
Karl Malden .... Father Barry
Lee J. Cobb .... Johnny Friendly
Rod Steiger .... Charley Malloy
Pat Henning .... Kayo Dugan
Leif Erickson .... Glover
James Westerfield .... Big Mac
Tony Galento .... Truck
Tami Mauriello .... Tullio
John Hamilton (II) .... Pop Doyle
John Heldabrand .... Mutt
Rudy Bond .... Moose
Don Blackman (I) .... Luke
Arthur Keegan .... Jimmy
Abe Simon .... Barney
Eva Marie Saint .... Edie Doyle

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