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Marty [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell
  • Directors: Delbert Mann
  • Writers: Paddy Chayefsky
  • Producers: Burt Lancaster, Harold Hecht, Paddy Chayefsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3R1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Multiple Oscar-winning film adapted by Paddy Chayevsky from his own breakthrough, 'kitchen-sink' teleplay. Ernest Borgnine plays Marty, a shy, middle-aged butcher who leads a dull and hopeless life with his domineering mother. Eventually Marty summons up the courage to start dating a homely girl, but pressure from his mother and continuing doubts as to what his mates will think lead him to stop seeing her.


Before beginning the main feature make sure you watch Burt Lancaster's endorsement of Marty in the appended theatrical trailer first. Yes, he was involved as coproducer, but his conviction clearly stems from the film itself. This screen adaptation of Paddy Chayevsky's play was a breakthrough in an American neo-realism that would sustain itself for two decades. Ernest Borgnine is in his element as the Bronx butcher in his mid-30s seemingly destined for a bachelor existence on account of past disappointments. There's a winningly natural performance from Esther Minciotti as his well-meaning, ever-interfering mother, while Betsy Blair is inspired casting as schoolteacher Clara, plain and diffident but with the proverbial good heart. The supporting cast is one of telling cameos, simply and unselfconsciously delivered. Delbert Mann conveys the energetic bustle of the Italian ex-pat community, and ensures that the intimacy of the original play is not lost.

On the DVD: Marty's black-and-white print reproduces crisply in the DVD format, as does Roy Webb's score, which vividly evokes 1950s American city life. There's dubbing in four and subtitles in five European languages, together with the original trailer mentioned above. Having seen Marty, you'll surely agree that Lancaster's enthusiasm was not misplaced. --Richard Whitehouse

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 20 Oct 2004
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"When you gonna get married, Marty? You should be ashamed of yourself. All your brothers and sisters, younger than you, they get married and got the children."
Ernest Borgnine's Oscar winning performance as the title character in "Marty" is so captivating that you might forget the real star of this film is writer Paddy Chayefsky. Originally "Marty" was an acclaimed live television anthology drama that aired in May 1953 on the "Philco-Goodyear Playhouse." The 50-minute production starred Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand. The drama was a poignant tale of the battle against loneliness for butcher Marty Piletti, who knew that whatever a woman wanted in a man, "I ain't got it." When Marty finally met a woman, his friends cruelly called her "a dog." But then Marty realized that he was a dog too and seized his chance for happiness, arranging a date as the drama ended.
The telecast of "Marty" made Chayefsky one of the greatest writers of television's "Golden Age," second only to Rod Serling ("Patterns," "Requiem for a Heavyweight"). Two years later Chayefsky and director Delbert Mann reunited in Hollywood to make a 90-minute film version of the story, which was expanded masterfully by the author as he explored the pain of being unwanted. What made the story a winner was that this is not a depressing story and we never fail to feel not only sympathy but affection for the main character. Marty is about to give up on love when he meets the plain-looking Clair (Betsy Blair), a teacher about to turn 30 who has also faced a life of rejection. What makes their rejection painful is that they are both decent people, who come together because they are able to recognize their own decent qualities in each other.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Meirav on 8 Feb 2005
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After the golden age of Hollywood, when television brought a new type of story-telling to the screen, came a little show about Marty, a 30-something butcher who still lives with his mom in good-old Brooklin, longing to find a girl and spends his nights with his pals looking for a date.
Than came the film, and it was one of the first "Real-life" movies about the small-time people in the big city, with their dreams and fears, and need of love and exeptance.
The acting is flawless, the writing amazing (notice Marty's piece on how he cant stop talking) and directing - makes this a must for those who want to find the different kind of Hollywood of that are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on 3 Feb 2003
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MARTY was based on a television play written by Paddy Chayefsky. He also did the screenplay.
The story is about two people who manage to meet and fall in love after each has sufferred through years of feeling rejected by the opposite sex. The movie is set mostly in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx. It is a relatively short film but it packs a powerful message.
Ernest Borgnine is superb as the clumsy bachelor who appears stuck in a hopeless situation with no prospects of finding a suitable wife. Betsy Blair gives an unforgettable performance as the almost thirtyish school teacher who seems totally defeated by her failures to attract a boy friend. Joe Martell is very credible in the role of Marty's buddy Angie.
The movie walked off with several Academy Awards in 1955 receiving Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Delbert Mann), Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine) and Best Screenplay. Nominations were received for Best Supporting Actor (Joe Mantell), Best Supporting Actress (Betsy Blair), Black and White Cinematography and Black and White Art Direction. Anna Magnani won the Oscar for Best Actress in that same year for her appearance in THE ROSE TATTOO.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb 2004
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Written by the gifted Paddy Chayefsky, this is a memorable film, deftly directed by Delbert Mann. That it has a stage-like, theatrical feel to it is not surprising, considering that it was first a made-for-television play that was later augmented for the silver screen. This element of theatricality, however, does not detract in the least from this gritty, thematically complex film.
Ernest Borgnine plays the role of Marty Piletti, a stocky, thirty-four year old, lonely Italian butcher living at home in the Bronx with his mother. He is the last of the Piletti brood still in the nest. Physically unattractive and a bit doltish, he is a socially awkward, lumbering lummox of internal pain and angst. His mother wants him to get married, or so she thinks, until the reality of what such might ultimately mean for her sinks in. She takes her cue from her sister, Marty's Aunt Catherine, who is living with her son and daughter-in-law and making their lives hell. Consequently, she is going to move in with Marty and his mother.
Marty spends most of his spare time with his friend Angie, as well as with a bunch of other losers. Unloved, unmarried, and unable to get a date, Marty has all but given up on finding Miss Right, when he meets a twenty-nine year old high school teacher, also from the Bronx, Clara Snyder (Betsy Blair), at the famous Stardust Ballroom. Clara, a well educated, nice plain-Jane, is there as part of a pity double date arranged by her brother-in-law. Unfortunately, her date turns out to be a total cad who unceremoniously tries to fob her off on anyone he can, so that he can get some action going with a hot babe he knows. Marty feels Clara's pain, so he asks her to dance, not knowing that he is meeting his feminine counterpart and soul-mate.
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