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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 version). But it remains otherwise intact, telling of 24 very important hours in the lives of two… More

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"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It does have doggy charm and a certain perceptiveness."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Enormously influential, it spawned Hollywood's interest in smaller scale, prosaic dramas, few of which failed to match its resonance."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Ernest Borgning and Betsy Blair are the highlights of this short and unassuming picture about the trials of love and family."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A bravura performance from Borgnine"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"It's a warm, human, sometimes sentimental and an enjoyable experience."
‑ Ronald Holloway, Variety
"A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Chayevsky's TV drama transferred effortlessly to cinema."
‑ , Film4
"Too self-conscious by half, the film both invites you in and makes you wonder if it's not all a trick."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"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."
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Dowdy but winning and poignant."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Delbert Mann's Oscar-winner is realistic in attention to detail to working class milieu, but it patronizes its "little" people."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ernest Borgnine can act!?!?!? He was great in this classic tale about a guy who thinks love is unattainable."
‑ Willie Waffle,
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