Marty (1955)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 11, 1955
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Consensus: Scriptwriter Paddy Chayefsky's solid dialogue is bolstered by strong performances from Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair in this appealingly low-key character study.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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S. James Wegg

Going to the dogs in fine style

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

It does have doggy charm and a certain perceptiveness.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

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.

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Ronald Holloway

It's a warm, human, sometimes sentimental and an enjoyable experience.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

Enormously influential, it spawned Hollywood's interest in smaller scale, prosaic dramas, few of which failed to match its resonance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Garman
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… More
Lucas Martins
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… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Chris Weber
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… More
Jim Hunter
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… More
Ken Stachnik
Another big film to cross off my shame list. Totally charming and worth everyone's time.