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½ April 21, 2017
interesting, but completely unrelatable.
½ April 10, 2017
An early triumph for independent cinema, which wouldn't be matched until Tarantino and Soderbergh. The film has perfect, passionate vision that indie films are known for; vision that no other film at the time had except Night of The Hunter. This film is what any modern director needs to succeed.
April 2, 2017
An outstanding movie that breaks your heart, but leaves you smiling.
March 26, 2017
I watched this once one night on cable. I think TMC. Its a good movie. Not great. Earnest Borgnine is an entertaining actor. But the woman gets on my nerves. They needed a better actress.
½ February 28, 2017
It delivers without being bolstered by complexity. It's short, simple, and to the point.
February 7, 2017
Watch it whenever it's on. Just a great simple movie.
December 15, 2016
I prefer the Earnest Borgnine version.
December 15, 2016
Marty is sometimes likeable and other times pathetic. I hoped the relationship would have been more fleshed than what it was.

½ December 15, 2016
good but skip this TV production and see the 1955 movie version
December 15, 2016
Man the fuck up Marty!
September 17, 2016
Fine story, acting, dialogue. They don't make films like this anymore, sadly.
May 30, 2016
Amazing performances throughout, this film is a must-see masterpiece for any film goer!
April 2, 2016
Paddy Chayefsky conquers again, a great honest look at the lives of normal people- when the hell's the last time you could say that about a major motion picture? When's the last time a movie starred two "dogs" and showed them in only the absolute best light possible? I loved how grounded this movie was, the last line just cuts through all masculine pretense and bullshit and just hits it out of the park.
The most interesting part of this film to me was its highlight of how people set themselves up for failure and get bogged down by the idea of what they feel obligated to do vs what they want to (or need) to do for themselves. I loved how the film shows how Marty's friends and family came to rely on him being a failure, all the while criticizing him for continuing to be one. What an honest film.
½ April 2, 2016
Incredible performance, incredible movie. The perfect example of an 'old movie' that doesn't feel old at all. Very modern, but modern in a way that now feels somewhat lost. You could find this kind of movie in the 90's, and it feels like nowadays nobody wants to do them quite like this with this type of heart. They wanna go too big with the comedy, or they wanna go too indie depressing with it. What's wrong with sweet and heartfelt?
Super Reviewer
March 31, 2016
The movie gets a lot of mileage out of how well you empathize with these characters. Borgnine and Blair could easily have phoned it in and let Chayefsky's screenplay do all the work, but they both give really complex performances.
February 10, 2016
The original Growing up drama...
Super Reviewer
February 4, 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.
½ February 2, 2016
Good film, but not a masterpiece
Super Reviewer
January 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.
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