Synopsis: This acclaimed romantic drama follows the life of Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine), a stout bachelor butcher who lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti) in the Bronx. Always unlucky in love, Marty reluctantly goes out to a ballroom one night and meets a nice teacher named Clara (Betsy Blair). Though Marty and Clara hit it off, his relatives discourage him from pursuing the relationship, and he must decide between his family's approval or a shot at finding romance.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Just east of Webster Avenue in the North Bronx, 187th Street

is a predominantly Italian community and the commercial avenue

of the neighborhood. Fruit and vegetable stands, pizzerias,

butcher shops, bakeries, cleaners and dyers and bars flourish.

It is Saturday morning around eleven o'clock -- a market


WOMEN, dark, gesticulative, with bulging cloth shopping bags,

baby carriages. MERCHANTS at their improvised street stands,

hawking their wares, disputing with their CUSTOMERS, roaring

salutations to PASSERSBY.

In the midst of all this, CAMERA HOMES IN on a typical



Delicatessens hang on the walls, wreathed with garlands of

garlic. PATSY, the boss, a swarthy man of sixty, is flopping

a chunk of beef onto the scale for the benefit of a forty-

year-old MATRON. There are three or four other WOMEN in the

shop, all talking to one another. A four-year-old BOY lazily

chases a cat.

The white refrigerator room door opens, and a second butcher,

MARTY PILLETTI, comes out carrying a large leg of lamb. Marty

is a mildmannered, short, stout, balding man of thirty-four.

His charm lies in an almost indestructible good humor. He

drops the leg of lamb onto the chopping block, reaches up

for the cleaver hanging with the other utensils over the

block and makes quick incisive cuts into the leg of lamb. He

sets the cleaver aside, picks up the saw to finish the cuts

as he chats with his customer, MRS. FUSARI.


Your kid brother got married last

Sunday, eh, Marty?


(sawing away)

That's right, Missus Fusari. It was

a very nice affair.


That's the big tall one, the fellow

with the moustache.


(still sawing)

No, that's my other brother, Freddie.

My other brother Freddie, he's been

married four years already. He lives

down on Webb Avenue. The one who got

married Sunday, that was my little

brother, Nickie.


I thought he was a big tall fat

fellow. Didn't I meet him here one

time? Big tall, fat fellow, he tried

to sell me life insurance?

Marty sets the five chops on the scale, watches its weight



No, that's my sister Margaret's

husband, Frank. My sister Margaret,

she's married to the insurance

salesman, and my sister Rose, she

married a contractor. They moved to

Detroit last year. And my other sister

Frances, she got married about two

and a half years ago in Saint John's

Church on Kingsbridge Avenue. Oh,

that was a big affair. Well, let's

see now, that'll be about a dollar-

seventy-nine. How's that with you?

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Paddy Chayefsky

Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. more…

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