Originally a teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky, Marty was nominated for eight Academy Awards (winning for Best Picture) and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. “I’ve been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life,” says lovelorn Bronx butcher Marty (Ernest Borgnine).
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The worst that can really be said about Marty is that it’s sentimental, especially during an ending that hinges on a rather abrupt declaration of conviction. Yet there’s also a bittersweetness here that the film’s detractors rarely acknowledge.