Marty

1955, Drama, 1h 31m

42 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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

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This acclaimed romantic drama follows the life of Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine), a stout bachelor butcher who lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti) in the Bronx. Always unlucky in love, Marty reluctantly goes out to a ballroom one night and meets a nice teacher named Clara (Betsy Blair). Though Marty and Clara hit it off, his relatives discourage him from pursuing the relationship, and he must decide between his family's approval or a shot at finding romance.

Cast & Crew

Ernest Borgnine
Marty Pilletti
Esther Minciotti
Mrs. Pilletti
Augusta Ciolli
Aunt Catherine
Frank Sutton
Ralph (uncredited)
Walter Kelley
The Kid (uncredited)
Robin Morse
Joe (uncredited)
Paddy Chayefsky
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Paddy Chayefsky
Associate Producer
George Bassman
Additional Music
Roy Webb
Original Music
Joseph LaShelle
Cinematographer
Ted Haworth
Art Direction
Robert Priestley
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Critic Reviews for Marty

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (1)

  • It gives an utterly authentic picture of life in the New York Bronx district... while at the same time carrying us away by a love story that in its simple manner is more touching than many of the screen's more glamorous ones.

    July 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • When speaking about Marty, Chayefsky called it "the most ordinary love story in the world." Therein lies its appeal.

    July 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Marty, in detail a study of life in the Bronx, is in essence a contemporary love story, a romantic encounter developed with charm, humour and emotional penetration.

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is a sentimental, heart-warming, simple story of a couple of ugly ducklings who find compensation for their lack of good looks in each other's love.

    February 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Enormously influential, it spawned Hollywood's interest in smaller scale, prosaic dramas, few of which failed to match its resonance.

    February 20, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It gives an utterly authentic picture of life in the New York Bronx district... while at the same time carrying us away by a love story that in its simple manner is more touching than many of the screen's more glamorous ones.

    July 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • When speaking about Marty, Chayefsky called it "the most ordinary love story in the world." Therein lies its appeal.

    July 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Marty, in detail a study of life in the Bronx, is in essence a contemporary love story, a romantic encounter developed with charm, humour and emotional penetration.

    January 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is a sentimental, heart-warming, simple story of a couple of ugly ducklings who find compensation for their lack of good looks in each other's love.

    February 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite a strong lead, with a nicely uncommon love story at its heart, it's difficult to get around the film's intensely specific, cheerless message.

    August 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • t's a lonely film; populated by sad, lonely mothers, sad, lonely sons, and women who aren't yet sad and lonely but will be once the world grinds them down.

    July 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 14, 2021
    I love the parallels of growth in 'Marty', how the entire cast is juggling degrees of social pressure and being pushed out of their comfort zones: a humble man learns to leap, a caring mother readapts to change (and another one refuses to), young parents fight to reclaim their agency, and a shy women owns her vulnerability. 'Marty' teeters into indulging toxic male entitlement during a moment in which the titular character becomes enraged because he's denied a simple kiss after being sweet to his date all evening. But the ship swiftly rights itself with a follow-up scene grounded in accountability and mutual understanding. In many ways, the elusive "Nice Guy" archetype is being born on screen right before our very eyes. But 'Marty' was admittedly made in a simpler time and its intentions follow suit, especially when considering the ways Marty himself contrasts against the other men presented in the film. As an early reminder that "average folks" deserve butterflies-inducing love too, it's a radiant, big-hearted tale.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    'Marty' reminds me of the film 'The Catered Affair', which would come out the following year, and also star Ernest Borgnine. Both are quiet and understated, and highlight loneliness and disillusionment in very real ways. In 'Marty', Borgnine is a 34 year old unmarried butcher who still lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti). While she's part of the chorus around him which is critical of him still being single, which includes his customers and friends, they all have a part in trying to keep him that way when he meets a nice young woman (Betsy Blair). Borgnine is clearly a gentleman and a nice guy, but shows his frustration and angst in a couple of nice scenes. The film is especially touching in its moments of honesty, the most memorable for me being Blair explaining to Borgnine in the simplest, most authentic way, why she shied away from kissing him. There is such purity and grace in her character and performance. For anyone who has been lonely or wondered about ever finding someone, the film will likely strike a chord. It's simple on the surface but I liked it for its nuances. Director Delbert Mann and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky show us some of the destructive ways men behave towards women - looking at girlie magazines, reading unrealistic accounts of women's behavior in pulp fiction, and looking for 'sure things' on nights of revelry. It also shows us the tension between wanting to support one's parents in their old age by having them live under the same roof, but just how big of a strain that might be. Minicotti's performance as the mother is excellent, and we see how she understands this issue when it relates to her sister's situation, but then has difficulty applying it to her own. Lastly, the film has some nice street scenes, which underscore its realism. I don't see the film as worthy of four Oscars and four other nominations, it just doesn't seem to be in that category, but if you're looking for a quiet, touching film, this is a good one.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2016
    Do you remember all of those movies in the 1990's about someone who didn't know what they wanted to be or where they wanted to go. There was an emphasis on just hanging out and killing time until the next day to start again or the work their way into the next weekend of killing time until Monday. Marty stands as the originator of this type of plot where a young man has stayed with his mother beyond his years and is just following the current that is life. The film stars Ernest Borgnine as the title character, a butcher who lives with his mother and hangs out with his buddies at night and on weekends. Even with all of these people in his life, Marty is lonely. He longs to be with a girl; a nice girl. As the film proceeds we follow Marty as he attempts to begin relationships with females that are mainly acquaintances, ships floating by in the dead of the night that you may wonder where they traveled after your encounter, but you'll never see them again. What happens next is the "when you least expect it" notion kicks in and Marty meets Clara (Betsy Blair) who he becomes enchanted with, even though Clara goes against the world that Marty has created for himself. Borgnine's performance is on par with some of the best work of the 1950's, going well beyond the norms of the era. When Marty is shot down, lonely, excited, you feel it in his performance. You come along on this ride with Marty and it is an emotional roller coaster. It's a portrayal that will stay with you long after seeing this film. It's a masterpiece of a performance that won Borgnine a well deserved Academy Award. Those feelings go hand in hand with what you feel as a viewer, particularly when Marty and Clara begin their courtship. You feel those feelings that a person experiences when they meet a person and they like that person, spending hours with them just talking or walking or whatever because it doesn't matter. You just want to be with that person. It's a hard feeling to describe and it is something that comes up when reminiscing about that first meeting, but it's a universal feeling that a person holds onto throughout the rest of their life. Marty captures that moment perfectly. I can't think of a film that displays that moment and those feelings like Marty does. Usually they end up in slapstick like blah. There is not gimmick or pratfall. This is just two people falling for each other. Marty is a best picture winner and coming from a time when epics and big names usually won the big prize Marty is a nice little breath of fresh air. It still holds the record as the shortest Best Picture.
    Chris G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2016
    Paddy Chavefsky's script is a joy in this seemingly simple tale about two "ugly"people finding safe harbor in each other (there's even a hilarious minor side trip that critiques popular detective author Mickey Spillane!). Great performances throughout.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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