Stuck as the last of six children at home with an overbearing Italian mother, the only child still unmarried, 34 year old socially awkward Bronx butcher Marty faces middle age with no prospects of marriage, and he faces permanent bachelorhood. But when he is goaded by his mother into going to the Stardust Ballroom one Saturday night, Marty unexpectedly meets Clara, a lonely teacher. Suddenly, Marty's future seems bright.Written by
The street scene behind the opening credits is Arthur Avenue at 187th Street in The Bronx, in front of the City of New York's old Arthur Avenue Retail Market under a billboard sign for Knickerbocker Beer, an actual New York City brand, brewed by the Ruppert Brewing Company, the family business of Colonel Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees from 1915 to 1939, also known as the Bronx Bombers, which is where the film is set. See more »
When Marty and Clara are walking on the street on Saturday night, a woman approaches a "No Parking" sign, turns and waves to the camera. See more »
Excellent movie! It starts out on a Saturday afternoon and goes into Sunday evening, in that brief time bringing us into the lives of these people in very deep and moving ways. It is very touching to see what can happen when people have a selfish heart or a caring heart. Have seen this picture 5 times now and it stays with me for days each time. Great way to see how we have choices, whether we realize them or not. We see how we all have our own things going on in our lives, our own agendas. We all impact others, and are impacted by others. Maybe we don't want to or think we do, but see how we do. These situations and characters are very easy to relate to. Shows how we could hurt or do anything we want to if we really want it and if our heart is in the wrong or the right place.
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