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Marty

original movie poster
Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Harold Hecht
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Starring Ernest Borgnine
Betsy Blair
Frank Sutton
Karen Steele
Esther Minciotti
Augusta Ciolli
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) April 11, 1955 (NYC premiere)
Running time 94 min
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $343,000 (US)
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Marty (1955), is a low budget romance film directed by Delbert Mann, based on a teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Image File history File links 55a. ... Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. ... Harold Hecht (1907-1985) was US film producer. ... Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) known as Paddy Chayefsky was an acclaimed dramatist who transitioned from the golden age of American live television in the 1950s to have a successful career as a playwright and screenwriter for Hollywood. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... Betsy Blair (b. ... Frank Spencer Sutton (October 23, 1923 - June 28, 1974) was an American actor who is best remembered for his role as the loud, hard-nosed drill instructor Sergeant Vincent Carter on the CBS television series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Sutton was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1923. ... Karen Steele (b. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Marty can refer to: Marty - 1955 American movie Marty - 1968-1969 British television comedy series starring Marty Feldman FM Towns Marty - videogame console This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The year 1955 in film involved some significant events. ... This page is a candidate to be copied to Wiktionary. ... While most films have some aspect of romance between characters (at least as a subplot,) a romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the storys protagonists. ... Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. ... Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) known as Paddy Chayefsky was an acclaimed dramatist who transitioned from the golden age of American live television in the 1950s to have a successful career as a playwright and screenwriter for Hollywood. ...


An enormous sleeper hit, the film enjoyed national and international success, winning the 1955 Academy Award for Best Picture and becoming the first American film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Marty and The Lost Weekend are the only two films to win both awards. A sleeper hit (often simply called a sleeper) refers to a film, book, album, TV show, or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ... For The Cosby Show episode, see The Lost Weekend (The Cosby Show). ...

Contents

Plot

Borgnine as Marty
Borgnine as Marty

The film stars Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti, a heavy set Italian-American butcher who lives in the Bronx with his mother. Unmarried at 34, the good natured but socially awkward man faces nearly constant assault from family and friends who badger him to get married. Not averse to marriage but disheartened by lack of prospects, Marty has reluctantly resigned himself to bachelorhood. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... An Italian American is an American of Italian descent. ... For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). ...

Ma, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life when he's gotta face some facts. And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it. I chased after enough girls in my life, I went to enough dances. I got hurt enough, I don't wanna get hurt no more. I just called up a girl this afternoon, and I got a real brush-off, boy! I figured I was past the point of being hurt, but that hurt. Some stupid woman who I didn't even want to call up. She gave me the brush. No, Ma, I don't wanna go to Stardust Ballroom because all that ever happened to me there was girls made me feel like I was a-a-a bug. I got feelings, you know. I-I had enough pain. No thanks, Ma!

— Marty

After being importuned by his mother into going to the Bronx's Stardust Ballroom one Saturday night, Marty connects with Clara - an unattractive school teacher who has just been ruthlessly abandoned by her blind date. Spending the rest of the evening together, Clara and Marty reveal their common lot, and Marty leaves with a promise to call her again the next day. A blind date is a date where the people involved have not met each other previously. ...


Realizing that Marty actually having a marriage prospect might cause her abandonment, Marty's mother uses every opportunity to belittle Clara. Likewise, Marty's friends are unimpressed with the physically unappealing woman, and try to convince Marty to forget about her. Finally harangued into submission, Marty forgets to call Clara.


Back in the same lonely rut, Marty realizes what may have been his only chance at love. Over the objections of his friends, he impulsively dashes to a phone booth to give Clara a call.

You don't like her. My mother don't like her. She's a dog. And I'm a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I'm gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I'm gonna get down on my knees. I'm gonna beg that girl to marry me. If we make a party on New Year's, I got a date for that party. You don't like her? That's too bad.

— Marty

Reception

Upon its release at the Cannes Film Festival, the producers were initially taken aback when it was announced that the film won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm). After they had won, they decided to promote the film heavily for its general release. (The trailer has Burt Lancaster claiming the film was superb in every way.) The opinions of critics was unanimous, and Marty was hailed as one of the best films of that year. At a budget of $343,000 (USD) the film generated rentals of $3,000,000 in the USA alone, a box office smash. The film ended up winning 8 Academy Award nominations, with four major wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor, becoming the only film to date to win Best Picture and the Palm d'Or. Cannes Film Festival logo. ... Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an Oscar-winning American film actor, noted for his athletic physique (a rare thing for leading men of that time), distinct smile (which he called The Grin) and, later, his willingness to play roles that went against his initial tough guy... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


In 1994, Marty was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


Awards and recognition

Academy Awards

Wins

Marty won four Oscars: Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

// The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... Harold Hecht (1907-1985) was US film producer. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) known as Paddy Chayefsky was an acclaimed dramatist who transitioned from the golden age of American live television in the 1950s to have a successful career as a playwright and screenwriter for Hollywood. ...

Nominations

Marty was nominated for a further four Oscars:

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Joe Mantell (November 13, 1947 – ) is an actor. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Betsy Blair (b. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... Joseph LaShelle (July 9, 1900 - August 20, 1989) was a Los Angeles-born film cinematographer. ...

Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) - Winner Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ...


Popular culture references

  • It has been suggested that the character Marty McFly in 1985's Back to the Future was named after this film, as Marty McFly travels back in time to 1955 in Back to the Future. However, the writer and director of the 1985 film insist this was a coincidence and not intentional.[1]
  • The film, and Herbert Stempel's knowledge of its status as Best Picture of 1955, played an important role in the so-called Quiz show scandals. See also Quiz Show.
  • The 1991 film Only the Lonely starring John Candy, Ally Sheedy, and Maureen O'Hara, has a similar plot and characters.
  • The film Fort Apache, The Bronx was set at a location a mere 30 blocks from where this film was set, and shows the devastation the entire South Bronx, including this experienced before its current revitalization. Marty's house is still in extant, located on Belmont Avenue, just off of Fordham Road.

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Back to the Future is a 1985 science fiction–comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and produced by Steven Spielberg. ... Herb Stempel is a television game show contestant who became famous for his participation in Twenty One, where he had a suspiciously long run of wins. ... The American quiz show scandals of the 1950s were the result of the revelation that contestants of several popular television quiz shows were secretly given assistance by the producers to arrange the outcome of a supposedly fair competition. ... Quiz Show is a 1994 film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s. ... Only the Lonely is a 1991 comedy/drama/romance film written and directed by Chris Columbus. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ... Alexandra Elizabeth Ally Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the Brat Pack films The Breakfast Club and St. ... Maureen OHara Maureen OHara (born Maureen FitzSimons) on August 17, 1920 is an Irish film actress. ... Fort Apache, The Bronx is a 1981 in film crime drama film directed by Daniel Petrie starring Paul Newman, Ken Wahl, Danny Aiello, Rachel Ticotin, Edward Asner and Pam Grier. ...

References

  1. ^ Zemeckis, Robert Gale, Bob. (2002). Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy DVD commentary for part 1 [DVD]. Universal Pictures.

External links

  • Marty (1955) at IMDB
  • Marty (1953 TV production) at IMDB
Awards
Preceded by
On the Waterfront
Academy Award for Best Picture
1955
Succeeded by
Around the World in Eighty Days
Preceded by
n/a
Palme d'Or
1955
Succeeded by
The Silent World

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