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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 (1955-04-11)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $343,000

Marty is a 1955 film directed by Delbert Mann, starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair.

The film enjoyed international success, winning the 1955 Academy Award for Best Picture and becoming the second American film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Marty and The Lost Weekend (1945) are the only two films to win both organizations' grand prizes.

The film adapted a teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky that was telecast live May 24, 1953, on The Goodyear Television Playhouse, with Rod Steiger in the title role.



Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti

The film stars 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 constant badgering from family and friends to get married. Not averse to marriage but disheartened by his lack of prospects, Marty has reluctantly resigned himself to bachelorhood.

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.

After being importuned by his mother into going to the Stardust Ballroom one Saturday night, Marty connects with Clara—a plain school teacher who has been nastily abandoned by her blind date. Spending the evening together, Clara and Marty realize their emotional connection. The two part with Marty's promise to call the next day.

Fearing the romance could spell her abandonment, Marty's mother belittles Clara. Likewise, Marty's friends are unimpressed because of her plainness, and try to convince Marty to forget about her. Harangued into submission, Marty doesn't call Clara.

Back in the same lonely rut, Marty realizes that he is giving up a chance at love with a wonderful woman. 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.


Critical opinion was positive. Ronald Holloway of Variety wrote, "If Marty is an example of the type of material that can be gleaned, then studio story editors better spend more time at home looking at television."[1] Time described the film as "wonderful".[2] Louella Parsons enjoyed the film, although she felt that it would not likely be nominated for Oscars.[3] At a budget of $343,000 (USD) the film generated revenues of $3,000,000 in the USA alone, making it a box office success.

TV to film

Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli and Joe Mantell repeated their roles from the live television production. Jerry Orbach made his debut in an uncredited role as a ballroom guest. For the film adaptation, the role of Clara was expanded, and subplots about Marty's career and his mother and her sister were added.

Cultural legacy

One line of dialogue, "So what do you feel like doing tonight?", was often satirized and became a catch phrase during the 1950s. Marty is referenced in the movie Quiz Show as the answer to the question "Which movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1955?". Herb Stempel is strong-armed into answering it incorrectly though it was one of his favorite films.

In 1994, Marty was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Awards and recognition

Academy Awards

Award[4] Result Winner
Best Motion Picture Won United Artists (Harold Hecht, producer)
Best Director Won Delbert Mann
Best Actor Won Ernest Borgnine
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Won Paddy Chayefsky
Best Supporting Actor Nominated Joe Mantell
Winner was Jack LemmonMister Roberts
Best Supporting Actress Nominated Betsy Blair
Winner was Jo Van FleetEast of Eden
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Nominated Ted Haworth
Robert Priestley
Walter M. Simonds
Winner was Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen, Samuel M. Comer, Arthur KramsThe Rose Tattoo
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Nominated Joseph LaShelle
Winner was James Wong HoweThe Rose Tattoo

Cannes Film Festival

Winner Palme d'Or[5]


  1. ^ Review by Ronald Holloway, Variety, March 23, 1955.
  2. ^ "The New Pictures", Time, April 18, 1955.
  3. ^ Mann, Delbert. Looking Back, at Live Television and Other Matters. Directors Guild of America, 1998.
  4. ^ "NY Times: Marty". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Marty". Retrieved 2009-02-01. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
On the Waterfront
Academy Award for Best Picture
Succeeded by
Around the World in Eighty Days


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary


Proper noun




  1. A diminutive of the male given name Martin.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Martha or, less commonly, of Martina.


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