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About the Movie
Ernest Borgnine plays the title character, a lonely middle-aged butcher from the Bronx living at home with his well-meaning but smothering mother. When his mother convinces him to go out dancing at the Stardust Ballroom, he meets a rather plain teacher, Clara, who is also middle-aged and unmarried. After a few dances, they hit it off, but when she meets his mother and his slacker friends, they are nasty and hostile, and Marty doesn't return her phone call. But finally, at a bar with his friends, realizes he needs to live for himself, and rekindles the romance.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 32
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A warm and winning film, full of the sort of candid comment on plain, drab people that seldom reaches the screen.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: It's a warm, human, sometimes sentimental and an enjoyable experience.
Fresh: 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.
A wonderful little movie. Not for nothing did it win 4 Oscars: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, & Best Picture.
This movie won Best Picture. It is a gem. Sorry, but no exploions or car chases. Just real people and a real good story.
Marty is simply perfect
... and so deserving of this Oscar is Ernest Borgnine, who plays quite possibly the sweetest and most mild-mannered romantic I've ever seen. His facial expressions elate you and break your heart. He can make you laugh and he can make you cry. One of my new favorite movies. Great supporting cast as well and an enduring story of a simple instinct: to want to be loved and to want to love someone.
10 stars. Here's to you Marty. The last of the Romantics!