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Marty (1955)

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100

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 0

Scriptwriter Paddy Chayefsky's solid dialogue is bolstered by strong performances from Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair in this appealingly low-key character study.

100

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

Scriptwriter Paddy Chayefsky's solid dialogue is bolstered by strong performances from Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair in this appealingly low-key character study.

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Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning slice-of-life drama originated as a live 1953 broadcast directed by Delbert Mann on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse starring Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand. The Hecht-Lancaster movie version, also directed by Mann, replaces the two leads with Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair (as well as featuring several soon-to-be-familiar faces, including Jerry Paris, Frank Sutton, and Karen Steele, plus Joe Mantell, Nehemiah Persoff, and Betsy Palmer from the TV

Unrated,

Drama, Romance, Classics

Paddy Chayefsky

Jun 19, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

Ernest Borgnine as Marty lives up to all the promise he showed as the sadist in From Here to Eternity, and at the same time brilliantly shatters the type-cast he molded for himself in that picture.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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It's a warm, human, sometimes sentimental and an enjoyable experience.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Paddy Chayevsky's script, adapted from his own TV play, shows his flair for dialogue at its best, and the film manages to be touching, if minor.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It does have doggy charm and a certain perceptiveness.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Audiences used to seeing Borgnine in more menacing roles in films such as From Here to Eternity and Bad Day at Black Rock warmed to his sympathetic portrayal of the Bronx butcher with low self-esteem.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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Enormously influential, it spawned Hollywood's interest in smaller scale, prosaic dramas, few of which failed to match its resonance.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Chayevsky's TV drama transferred effortlessly to cinema.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Dowdy but winning and poignant.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ernest Borgning and Betsy Blair are the highlights of this short and unassuming picture about the trials of love and family.

November 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Too self-conscious by half, the film both invites you in and makes you wonder if it's not all a trick.

May 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Delbert Mann's Oscar-winner is realistic in attention to detail to working class milieu, but it patronizes its "little" people.

December 19, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A bravura performance from Borgnine

June 11, 2005
Moviehole

Tragicomic and simple, Marty's celebrated status is rightly earned, but it may be a bit to naive and simplistic for today's hard-bitten audiences.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Ernest Borgnine can act!?!?!? He was great in this classic tale about a guy who thinks love is unattainable.

August 5, 2004
WaffleMovies.com

Um filme simples e eficaz.

November 10, 2003
Cinema em Cena

A solidly crafted work that still pleases.

July 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Loaded with believably endearing characters, Marty is charming, if stagebound,

December 2, 2002
Kansas City Star

One of the most amazing portrayals of an average Shmoe you could ever imagine. Ernest Borgnine is lovable, disgusting, creepy and just a great guy.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Marty is one of those straightforward, no-frills films that shoots directly to the dead-true point.

October 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Marty

A lonely bachelor, socially tortured for being single, falls for a schoolteacher he meets at a dance hall.
Ernest Borgnine, insecurities fully on display, gives a lovely, vulnerable performance in the titular role in this warm, positive film. The plot is fairly simple, but the film is tightly written and directed with no wasted time.
I think what I enjoyed most about the film was Paddy Chayefsky's script. In my younger days, I had conversations with delightful young ladies that lasted the whole night, and while I can never remember what we talked about, I can often remember the feeling of connection and the joy of talking. Chayefsky's scenes in which Marty and Clara are meeting for the first time and getting to know each other seem natural and sweet, and he captures that feeling of connection in way that is true without sacrificing the need to keep the conversation interesting for the audience. Perhaps Richard Linklater watched this film while writing his Before films.
Overall, this isn't a film that will set the world on fire, but it might warm a heart or two.
June 17, 2014
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Jim Hunter

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Marty is a wonderful film! The great screenplay of Paddy Chayefsky, makes the audience stay to see the simple life of the main character to the begining to the end. Ernest Borgnine as Marty is perfect. The best of hollywood. Fresh.
June 14, 2014
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Marty Pilletti is a shy and lonely 34 year-old Butcher from the Bronx who still lives at home with his mother, and has spent his entire life being awkward and uncomfortable around women.

His luck begins to change when he happens to meet a school teacher named Clara Snyder who immediately grabs his attention. She's just as shy, lonely, and unlucky with the opposite gender, and just as smitten with him as he is with her.

Despite a newfound feeling of happiness, Marty begins to second guess his feelings, espeically since it seems that none of his friends or family can seem to have anything nice to say about her. Ultimately though, Marty fidns the courage to stick to his conventions, knowing that he's really got nothing to lose.

Written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Delbert Mann, this is an utterly charming and heartwarming little film. It's simple, straight forward, and there's nothing at all wrong with that. You could draw comparisons to a newer film like The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and that's okay, but this is a far classier affair, with far subtler humor, to boot.

I really enjoyed this, but at the same time felt a little disappointed. Going into it, I was under the impression that I was supposed to be blown away by it, mostly because it won top honors at both the Oscars and Cannes, but, even though the film ended up not being as remarkable at anticipated, it's still a pretty solid piece of work.

Ernest Borgnine won an Oscar for his work here, and it truly is one of his standout roles, which is really saying something given his long, and varied career filled with some tremendous performances. Betsy Blair is also quite nice as Clara, but what really helps sell this film besides hte wonderful leads are the nice supporting turns from the colorful supporting cast that make up Marty's family and friends.

All in all, this is a wonderful film and, while it's not quite a masterpiece, it's nevertheless a really heartfelt movie with a lot to offer.
February 18, 2012
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Another big film to cross off my shame list. Totally charming and worth everyone's time.
January 30, 2012
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. Angie: What do you feel like doing tonight?
    2. Marty Pilletti: I don?t know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?
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