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- DON RILEY
Ernest Borgnine's performance includes NO STEREOTYPES. Yet, you realize he is an Italian-American, all of the posturing and stereotypical language and gestures which clutter up films that include Italians are not present here in Borgnine. He plays it very straight and natural yet he is with out question an Italian - American. This is the essential character, the model for his own ethnicity. He is not trying to be anyone but himself and his performance is Oscar worthy.
Marty is a film that could have gone in an entirely different direction if not for the talents of Ernest Borgnine. He is a 1950s "every man." He plays a hard working, responsible, outwardly gruff but genuinely sensitive thirty year old living in the Bronx with his mother with his income as a butcher. Borgnine is brilliant in the film. As tough as he may appear to be, under that gruff exterior beats the heart of a very believable and lonely young man. The scenes in the dance hall make the audience want to pull for Marty. We want Marty to be happy. He deserves to meet someone and find the happiness we all seek. Betsey Blair is Clara, a warm, caring, dedicated young women who attends the dances hoping to meet someone. When Marty spies her across the crowded hall, her friends inform him that nobody really likes her, and they bring up all sorts of objections to her. Even Marty's mother, who is outwardly desperate to see her son married, does not find Clara to be an acceptable new son-in-law.But Marty knows a good thing when he sees it. He is kind, attentive and respectful of Clara and fully determined to see her again regardless of all the silly device and arrogant demands of friends and family. Borgnine is self deprecating and honestly believes no love will ever come his way, but it does and the depth and quality of his character take over the film. We all want Marty to be happy, to have what his friends believe e can never achieve. That final scene when he goes to the telephone booth to call Clara is as soaring and joyful a film moment as has ever been made. This is because Borgnine has created a gentle, loving and honorable character who is willing to fight for his own happiness. Marty is the underdog in this film and people love to pull for the underdog. Just knowing he is going to see Clara and that Clara is in Brooklyn hoping he will call her gives one the sense that there is hope for all of us.This is an outstanding film.
- Michael Whitty
Ernest Borgnine, a star of supporting roles for many years and remembered for his "McKales Navy" tv series, plays a manhattan butcher in a meat shop and meets a girl he might be interested in. The fact that "Marty" would go on to win Best Picture for 1955 meant that it had some great writing from Paddy Cheyefsky, who also won an Oscar, which gave this "average-looking" film more attention. This was a small black-and-white film that won an Oscar for Ernest Borgnine and propelled him into bigger Hollywood films.
MARTY: On The Mt. Rushmore Of Films
- Doc Long
The first of three great "little films" that won the Oscar for best picture or best actor- the others being Sidney Poitier (Lilies Of The Field) in 1963 and Rocky in '76. Marty won both categories. Many quotable parts and memorable scenes to this picture which makes it required viewing. Numerous lessons of life are offered via the Italian family of bulky Ernest Borgnine who stars as Marty Piletti. For his work here, Borgnine received- and deserved -the Oscar for 1955's Best Actor. The story of Marty had its beginnings as a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and ended with four Academy Awards-and it should have had five as Betsy Blair's performance as the love interest deserved the Best Supporting Actress nod over winner Jo Van Fleet's brief appearance in East of Eden. The essence of this picture is the what happens when a lonely man meets a lonely woman but his friends do not approve since "the girl isn't good looking enough". Very believable from start to finish thanks to excellent screen writing, pace and fine acting. Great work by a nimble supporting cast including Joe Mantell as Marty's best friend, Jerry Paris as his cousin and the Mothers of the two boys- Esther Minciotti and Augusta Ciolli- who are fantastic in their roles as sisters. Beautiful Karen Steele, who made a good living playing beautiful women on screen in the 1950s and 60s, is so sincere in her predicament as Paris' wife that viewers may find they wish to rescue her themselves from the domineering Mother-In-Law played by. Ciolli. Look fast for Frank Sutton- later of Sgt. Carter fame in the TV show Gomer Pyle- who approaches Marty about joining the gang for a triple date party involving "Those girls I told you about... Nurses, money in the bank". Once viewed, this film will never leave your memory and is one of the finest works in screen history. Hey Marty!
MARTY: On The Mt. Rushmore Of Films
- Doc Long
The first of three great "little films" that won the Oscar for best picture- the others being Lillies Of The Field in 1963 and Rocky in '76. Many quotable parts and memorable scenes to this picture which makes it required viewing. Numerous lessons of life are offered via the Italian family of bulky Ernest Borgnine who stars as Marty Piletti. For his work here, Borgnine received- and deserved -the Oscar for 1955's Best Actor. The story of Marty had its beginnings as a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and ended with four Academy Awards-and it should have had five as Betsy Blair's performance as the love interest deserved the Best Supporting Actress nod over winner Jo Van Fleet's brief appearance in East of Eden. The essence of this picture is the what happens when a lonely man meets a lonely woman but his friends do not approve since "the girl isn't good looking enough". Very believable from start to finish thanks to excellent screen writing, pace and fine acting. Great work by a nimble supporting cast including Joe Mantell as Marty's best friend, Jerry Paris as his cousin and the Mothers of the two boys- Esther Minciotti and Augusta Ciolli- who are fantastic in their roles as sisters. Beautiful Karen Steele, who made a good living playing beautiful women on screen in the 1950s and 60s, is so sincere in her predicament as Paris' wife that viewers may find they wish to rescue her themselves from the domineering Mother-In-Law played by. Ciolli. Look fast for Frank Sutton- later of Sgt. Carter fame in the TV show Gomer Pyle- who approaches Marty about joining the gang for a triple date party involving "Those girls I told you about... Nurses, money in the bank". Once viewed, this film will never leave your memory and is one of the finest works in screen history.
Love this Borgnine classic
- David Prestigiacomo
Ernest Borgnine was one those rare actors who could play almost any role including a comic weekly role like McHale's Navy and pull it off perfectly. I think everyone has known a Marty at some point in their life, and have felt the pain and awkwardness he felt at times. Also, I related to the butcher job he had since my Dad was a butcher in Corona queens back in the fifties also. I love the black and white films, its so raw and cold and adds depth to the film.
A great feel-good movie
You just can't help rooting for Marty! In this movie, an average-looking yet hard working butcher finds romance and love, despite the eventual opposition of both family and friends. And there is Clara, an intelligent yet plain-looking woman who seems to be continually rejected by men who cannot see past her exterior. In this modern era it does seem cliche, but this movie awakens the true romantic in anyone who has a heart. I am so glad that TCM is showing this during the overnight period of Valentine's Day. So appropriate!
- Rin Hartman
I watched Marty for about the 3rd time and thanks to the comments by Drew Barrymore, the movie had more meaning this time because I watched for Ernest Borgnines 'closed eyes' in the some of the scenes. It's always a pleasure to watch and listen to Drew and Robert's The Essentials on saturday evenings.
Why is Drew Barrymore even on this show?
- DAVID BURNS
Marty was a classic with either Rod Steiger or Ernie. But who hired that dimwit valley girl to speak over Mr. Osborne?He defecates more knowledge about movies than she ever knew.She keeps repeating the same words over and over. I am sure thesewords were written for her. Baldwin was such a pleasure to watch andlisten to. Last night they were discussing Burt Lancaster. Has she evenseen 5 of his movies? Go ahead, name them? She is obviously challengedin mind and speech. Whomever decided to hire that numbskull should belocked in an elevator with Drew for 24 hours. I am sure only one personwould be alive at the end.
Good Black and White movie to watch.
An emotional gripping movie to watch at least once. It is a movie about loneliness and searching for love.
Ernest Borgnine won an oscar for this film and it was one of the few oscars, I agreed with. I loved his ability to go from "From here to Eternity" and playing cruel Fatso Judson to playing a loveable butcher. He showed his true talent and flexability. It is one of those movies that you can't watch just once. It is by all standards a "classic" that needs to be watched over and over again.
Heartwarming...... I love it!
I just watch this movie last night for the first time and it will be added to the "can watch all the time w/o getting sick of it" movie list. I love Ernest B in this movie, I feel his pain since I am going through those lonely days myself....
THE WAITING WAS WORTH IT!
- Michael Steven
I had known of this film,for MANY years,& ignored it.SHOWS YOU WHAT I DON'T KNOW! A VERY touching film,indeed.Only part I wasn't crazy about was the timing of the ending.I wanted to see Marty & Clara's relationship progress.But that's O.K.To seeing Ernest Borgnine go from being a heavy,to being a real caring & sensitive gentleman,was a joy.The entire cast gave a GREAT performance.In 1955,Ernest Borgnine was up against some real heavyweights,for Best Actor,& WON!GOOD FOR HIM.He lived a very long life,& didn't end up as a bitter man.I had the pleasure of coming across Mr.Borgnine in 2003,here in Las Vegas.The end result was hilarious!That laugh!The old phrase,"WE WON'T SEE HIS TYPE AGAIN",is very apparent here.To the best of my knowledge,NOBODY ever really had a bad word for & or about this man.Read his book,you'll get a kick out of it.The next time TCM shows this film,DON'T MISS IT.If you've NEVER seen this film before,DON'T MISS IT.The waiting is worth it.
"Loaded with tomatoes"
- Jeff Boston
The older I get, the more I like "Marty." Adult fare about a man who looks less than fair who is treated less than fairly by his mother and best friend after he gets a fair shot at love. No one wants to be lonely. Beautiful work by Borgnine.
- Dashiell Barnes
A touching film that won '55's Best Picture "Oscar." Borgine gives an Academy Award- winning performance as a lonely butcher who finds a soul mate in Blair, against the opposition of Mantell, both of whom earned nominations for their supporting work. Chayefsky's touching story & Mann's direction are a great combination. A great film with a few dull moments. I give it a 4/5.
A fine performance and romance from Borgnine.
- Kevin Butler
In this big screen adaptation of Cheifsky's teleplay..Ernest Borgnine gives a warm and charmingperformance as the lonely butcher.Who is hesitant about falling in love..until he meets a not sopretty but caring and understanding girl.Who makes him feel that love is possible.Borgnine'srole here is more realistic and not as dogmatic as Steiger's.The other cast members also givessome memorable dramatic turns and the script by Cheifsky himself..and the film of the movieon location in mid 1950's Bronx,NYC..adds a genuine charm and unique look to this wonderfulstory.
wonderful movie... horrible product
There are 4 minutes cut from this version on DVD. While some might say they don't detract from the overall move, it is a disgrace and disrespectful of fans to issue a movie in a crippled form. If you've seen the full version when it is broadcast you'll ask yourself why the 4 minutes was cut. Shame on whoever made this decision. It certainly wasn't because the length was too long for a DVD. I wish someone from MGM would post here explaining the thought process used to eliminate a very touching part of this movie. No way would I ever buy this version. If your computer is able to play iTune movies, go there... they are renting and selling the intact version.Shame on you MGM. And SHAME on you TCM for selling this version when the other is obviously available via iTunes.
I love this movie so very much and I watch it all the time..I happen to come across it on netflix and to my surprise the was a scene in it that was not in my box movie I bought..I was wondering if anyone can tell me where I might be able to get that version. Thank You AMartyLover :)
Disc is incomplete
I bought the disc, but it is not the full version. The disc has cut the scene where she talks to her parents after the date. This scene is in all the on air versions I've seen, but not on the disc.
BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!
- JEN J. from Philly
I watch this movie every time it comes on so I am buying a copy today. I love it! It's Borgnine at his best! He did a fabulous job as Marty! I watch him and see that he's putting everything into his performance but at the same time it seems effortless and natural. He just IS Marty. It's great. When my copy comes I'm going to show it to all my friends bacause i know they'll love it too. BUY IT! BUY IT! BUY IT! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!
- Bruce Reber
Ernest Borgnine competed against Spencer Tracy for the Best Actor Oscar in 1955 - Borgnine for his marvelous performance in "Marty", and Tracy for his equally great performance in "Bad Day At Black Rock". Borgnine won the award for his role as shy Bronx butcher Marty Piletti over Tracy, with whom he had starred in "Bad Day" as trouble making bully Coley Trimble opposite Tracy's one-armed WW2 vet John J. MacReedy (remember the scene where Coley gets karate-chopped by MacReedy in the diner?). Both of their performances were excellent, and though these were two different characters in two different films, if I were an Academy voter at that time it would have been hard for me to decide between Borgnine and Tracy.
I loved this movie.great plot, great drama and great acting.
ONE OF THE GREAT ONES!!!!
I have literally watched this movie over 100 times and each time is like the first.Superb acting and story. Being and Italian-American, I can identify with alot of it. I only wish that they had made a sequel. Too bad - Betsey Blair passed away recently.A MUST SEE! Totally deserved its OSCAR!!!
Just watched "Marty" for the first time this weekend. Boy, what a wonderful movie. I saw a lot of myself and my old "gang" in Marty and his pals. "So whaddya wanna do tonight?" If I had a dollar for every time I heard that! "Marty" has a lot of heart; I defy anyone to watch this movie and not alternately laugh, cry, cringe and jump outta your chair and cheer at the final scene. As true-to-life as any film you'll ever see. I can't say enough about it.
A Reminiscence of my Past
Ernest Borgnine wins an oscar for this extraordinary film. It reminds me of my younger years hanging around friends talking small talk and trying to decide what to do on a Saturday night... Wow, this film rekindles my past like no other-- I watched this 6 or 7 times and never tire of it... .
My All-Time Favorite Movie
- Leigh Cox
I saw this film for the first time as a teenager, and for some reason it stayed with me. This is my all-time favorite movie. I am not sure why, but I really empathize with the characters, who are shy, socially-awkward and lonely. You are very glad they find each other. The characters are so real that every time I watch "Marty" I find myself speculating afterward about what happens to them. (I promise you I am not a crazy person!) An additional great aspect of this movie is the subtle, quiet humor. Watch for the scene between the two older Italian sisters (Marty's mother and aunt) and also the storytelling scene in a bar between two Irish women. The Paddy Chayefsky screenplay is classic.