Marty (1955) - Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

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.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 18 out of 147 found boring (12.24%)

One-line Reviews (53)

Betsy Blair is a marvel, in a simple and undramatic turn that ends up being completely engaging.

It was a film that was played on TCM's The Essentials, and while I respect the massive acclaim it has, I don't understand its hype, and while I haven't seen the films that Marty beat out, I have a feeling that Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, and The Rose Tattoo are more enjoyable films.

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

Marty is a shy and softhearted bachelor from the working class who works as a butcher and is approaching middle-age but he comes across as dull and ordinary and is fed up with spending his nights hanging around with his pal Angie.

I don't mean it's shallow, because it's certainly deep in feeling, but the whole string of small events, one after another leading to a stunning and bang up fast ending, is unusually concise.

Failures slow rivers of seeking to still waters.

Ultimately the movie is boring and lacks any real story plot points or resolutions.

Certainly a good decision, Delbert Mann's Palme d'Or and Academy Award for Best Picture winner picture is a little one that is extremely entertaining, funny, sad and deep, and with superb performances…no wonder why Burt Lancaster, in the theatrical trailer (that is the only bonus material on the R4 DVD), says that he is "plain proud" of the picture (and well according to the IMDb trivia section "it was rumored that producers Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster financed the movie as a tax-write off, believing the picture would lose money" and "the film, which cost only $340,000 to make and generated rentals of $3,000,000 at the domestic box office, reportedly was one of the most profitable movies ever made").

He brought some humor into an otherwise bland situation.

But still an enjoyable little film.

Simple but effective plot, engaging central character and solid direction.

Marty's friends are all going nowhere, fast.

Mann's direction is rather dreary.

Life is pretty ho-hum in Marty's world.

He has a group of friends who seem direction-less, and Marty grows bored with them until he chances to meet a lonely young woman Clara(played by Betsy Blair) at a dance hall.

Marty 4 Out Of 5Marty is a character driven feature about a sinking middle-aged guy whose realization of its dull surrounding is the only missing piece of the puzzle.

and that's about the point that I gave up on this movie, plus the point where there's these very obnoxious and pointless subplots that never gets resolved, such as feuding neighbors and a crazy old mother.

This film was way before my time, and the story behind it and the cast is very intriguing.

Chayefsky tries turning naturally hurried, everyday talk into low-class poetry, but his own rhythm is repetitive (Borgnine keeps asking everyone, "Whad'dya so sore about?!

I love the conversation between Marty and his best friend, its street poetry that's entertaining without being false, in the diner as their Friday night lays out ahead of them.

It's intriguing to see how cultural mores have changed since both characters are considered over-the-hill for marriage even though he is only 34 and she 29.

His mother, of course, thinks little of her (the reason being that her "little boy" may want to leave her alone).

I love the preparations for Sunday Mass, the fight between the married couple, and Marty agonizing over standing up his girl while his friends have an amusingly banal and silly conversation in which they keep repeating themselves.

There are some subplots and minor characters that detract from the heart of the story and slow down the momentum towards the end of the film.

Jerry Paris is gripping in his few scenes as the aunt's conscience-suffering son, and Joe Mantell is amusing and penetrating as Marty's chum.

Lonely, hanging around with a boring bunch of guys, is this what we really want out of a movie?

Love unexpected .

Into the life of this chum comes a dull, desperate schoolteacher who's as hopelessly jaded and alone as he.

It was a considerable changing in the mood of the character and his fashion with suit and tie was an antidote against the boring side of his personality as butcher without thinking now in his job by night with the neon for inspiring him to a honest love affair in a busy town.

It reminded me of the forgotten dud 'Falling in Love' with Streep and DeNiro in which nothing happens, and actors are given too little to do.

Somehow rather than feeling happy for Marty and his girlfriend, the whole experience just left me empty and depressed.

However, it's a great movie, and I highly recommend it for any fan of classic reels.

Marty is a complete package in a delightfully inspiring, emotionally engaging and thoroughly profound way.

He lives with his old-fashioned Italian ma and squanders dreary hours with his likewise feeble pals whose paradigm of femininity is shared only by Mickey Spillane.

Ultimately it felt like a character piece, but the characters were simplistic and bland, and the acting itself was so hit or miss to not add any meaningful.

Well I caught this one on Turner Classics a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it so much I called it up again from my local library just a few days later.

A simple guy who's life is uneventful as everyone in his family tells him he should get married considering he is now 34.

Together, they show how a drab exterior can conceal a compelling inner person without the person's knowledge.

The rest of the cast takes more predictable turns – Esther Minciotti as Marty's clinging Italian mother, Joe Mantell as codependent Angie, Jerry Paris (a few years before his days as neighbor Jerry Helper on "The Dick Van Dyke Show") and Karen Steele constantly bickering as Marty's cousin and his wife.

Marty, the titular character of 1955's Best Picture and Golden Palm unexpected winner, is indeed a good man with a good heart because despite all the rejections he's been enduring his whole life, he remained faithful to his principles and never get absorbed by his entourage's cynicism.

Betsy Blair (She was compelling in "A Delicate Balance") is a method actress who carries off her agitated emotions with a very subtle disposition!

It's features such as these that help make the movie as compelling now as it was so many years ago.

After all, Marty as a man has many pro-active options denied to drab school teacher Clara.

A surprisingly enjoyable film .

Characterization is the only solid, but it faithfully shows a lonely and a boring life of a man of the middle class.

Roy Webb did some fine musical scores for earlier films at RKO but this is mighty dreary stuff and includes a stupid waltz that has lyrics beginning with, "Hey Marty, Hey Marty, Hey Marty" and goes on to the sublime, "It seems like a year since we chugalugged a beer.

What also makes this mid-50's movie an enjoyable experience is that its origins are live television and it does not pretend to be otherwise.

Fascinating exploration of the struggle to overcome pride and defense mechanisms to struggle for some small measure of happiness and companionship.

To me, the story and characters were boring and kind of repetitive.

Never quite reaches excellence, but still a moving and entertaining production.

I enjoyed it for so many reasons it made me wanna cry it made my heart bleed it made my heart fly so many different emotions.

It moves a bit slow at times, I fear there will be few people under 30 who will appreciate this movie.

An enjoyable little film about a guy named Marty who works in a butcher shop (played by Ernest).