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Marty (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 10 June 1955 (Belgium)
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A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

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Delbert Mann

Writers:

Paddy Chayefsky (story), Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Marty Piletti
Betsy Blair ... Clara Snyder
Esther Minciotti Esther Minciotti ... Mrs. Teresa Piletti
Augusta Ciolli Augusta Ciolli ... Aunt Catherine
Joe Mantell ... Angie
Karen Steele ... Virginia
Jerry Paris ... Tommy
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Storyline

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 trivwhiz

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A wonderful guy . . . once you've met him, you'll never forget him! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1955 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$343,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film historians have credited this film with demonstrating the viability of low budget, independently-produced films in the United States and with the proliferation of such films. Studio executives were well aware that low budget, independent, and realistic films had been successful in Europe for many years, but most studios were skeptical that such successes would occur in the United States. Marty's profitable returns and critical acclaim demonstrated that low budget productions with lesser-known casts could be remunerative in the United States and could compete with European art-house productions on an artistic level. The film cemented United Artists' reputation as a haven for daring, independent producers, and inspired rival studios such as MGM and 20th Century Fox to delve into a similar brand of film-making with some of their productions. See more »

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During the conversation with Marty, Angie and their friends about how Mickey Spillane writes women, Marty's shirt is alternately unbuttoned/buttoned between shots. See more »

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Aunt Catherine: So I'm an old garbage bag put in the street, huh?... These are the worst years, I tell you. It's going to happen to you. I'm afraid to look in a mirror. I'm afraid I'm gonna see an old lady with white hair, just like the old ladies in the park with little bundles and black shawls waiting for the coffin. I'm fifty-six years old. And what am I gonna do with myself? I've got strength in my hands. I want to clean. I want to cook. I want to make dinner for my children. Am I an old dog to lay near ...
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Alternate Versions

When Marty drops off Clara at her home after their evening out, there is an additional 5-minute sequence where she visits her parents in their bedroom and discusses her date with Marty (included in the CBS FOX VHS and the 2014 Kino Lorber releases, but deleted from the MGM Vintage Classics VHS and DVD). See more »

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References Your Hit Parade (1950) See more »

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Marty
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Paddy Chayefsky (uncredited)
Played during the opening credits and throughout the picture
Sung by male voices during the closing cast credits
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the most honest characters I've ever seen....
8 October 2001 | by tripper0See all my reviews

'Marty' is a movie that can be summed up simply in three words. It's very honest. Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair play the two main characters, Marty and Clara. The bulk of the movie takes place over one night, the night Marty and Clara meet. Everything is really that simple. The thing that is great is that neither of the characters is anything but human. They are flawed, they are insecure, and they are awkward around each other and don't know how to act in certain situations. The chemistry between Blair and Borgnine is absolutely beautiful. They give us a relationship that is real. There are moments in the movie, that I won't give away, that are almost hard to watch and its hard not to feel sympathy. At the same time, its hard not to relate to the characters on some level. They are human, they are flawed, and its beautiful to watch, yet sad at the same time. I was surprised by the charm of the movie and I recommend it to anyone. 8.5 out of 10.


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