Now here is a true classic movie and one of Marlon Brando's biggest movies.
Winner of 8 academy awards including best picture, best director and best Actor. & 4 nominations. The full film ran for 108 minutes so with such a classic film and so many parts to its story line Columbia had a bit a job on there hands reducing it to the jumbo giant 20 minute edition. Well they did it, & they did a very good job, it won the Package movie award for the year it was released on super 8.
Here is the plot, again i have borrowed the story from Wikipedia and edited it down to cover only the home movie 400 ft edition.
Terry, (played by Marlon Brando), is used to coax Joey Doyle (Ben Wagner), a popular dockworker, into an ambush, preventing Joey from testifying against Friendly, (played by Lee J Cob), before the Crime Commission. Terry assumed that Friendly's enforcers were only going to "lean" on Joey to pressure him into silence, and is surprised when Joey is killed by being thrown off the roof.
Joey's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint), angry about her brother's death, shames "waterfront priest" Father Barry (Karl Malden) into fomenting action against the mob-controlled union. Friendly sends Terry to attend and inform on a dockworkers' meeting Father Barry holds in the church, which is broken up by Friendly's men. Terry helps Edie escape the violence, and is smitten with her. Another dockworker, Timothy J. "Kayo" Dugan (Pat Henning), who agrees to testify after Father Barry promises unwavering support, ends up dead after Friendly arranges for him to be crushed by a load of whiskey in a staged accident.
Although Terry resents being used as a tool in Joey's death, and despite Father Barry's impassioned "sermon on the docks" reminding the longshoremen that Christ walks among them and that every murder is a Calvary, Terry is at first willing to remain "D and D"(deaf & dumb), even when subpoenaed to testify. However, when Edie, unaware of Terry's role in her brother's death, begins to return Terry's feelings, Terry is tormented by his awakening conscience and confesses the circumstances of Joey's death to Father Barry and Edie. Horrified, Edie breaks up with him.
As Terry increasingly leans toward testifying, Friendly decides that Terry must be killed unless Charley can coerce him into keeping quiet. Charley tries bribing Terry with a good job and finally threatens Terry by holding a gun against him, but recognizes that he has failed to sway Terry, who blames his own downward spiral on his well-off brother. In what has become an iconic scene, Terry reminds Charley that had it not been for the fixed fight, Terry's prize fighting career would have bloomed. "I coulda' been a contender," laments Terry to his brother, "Instead of a bum, which is what I am – let's face it." Charley gives Terry the gun and advises him to run. With help from our Columbia film narrator it is explained that letting Terry go results in Charlie’s murder and his body hanged in an alley as bait to lure Terry out to his death, but Terry and Edie both escape the attempt on Terry's life, (end of narration).
Terry shows up during recruitment at the docks. When he is the only man not hired, Terry openly confronts Friendly, calling him out and proclaiming that he is proud of what he did. The confrontation develops into a vicious brawl, with Terry getting the upper hand until Friendly's thugs gang up on Terry and nearly beat him to death. The dockworkers, who witness the confrontation, show their support for Terry by refusing to work unless Terry is working too.
Encouraged by Father Barry and Edie, the badly injured Terry forces himself to his feet and enters the dock, followed by the other workers. A soaking wet and face-scarred Friendly, now left with nothing, swears revenge on them all, but his threats fall on deaf ears as they enter the garage and the door closes behind them.
And for once we get a little bit of the original “The End” title before the Columbia FBI warning pops up.
Well there you go & i am sure many of us have this movie or have seen it but i for one think this is a superb cut down of a classic and brilliantly acted film.
The super 8 version has class A sound and excellent picture definition. My copy cost me £8 and has only a few tiny marks which are on screen for just a few seconds. I think that the 400 footer of Columbia & Fox from the sates in the mid 70s were generally much better in picture and sound quality than some of the stuff form the UK. (not everything). I dont think i ever had a print with bad sound or soft focus.