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Previous poster is in denial and/or confused. I don't know about the rest of you. This is a simple story of love and opportunity, with top notch writing and acting (especially by the lead, Ernest Borgnine). It's clearly written by a cynic (P. Chayefsky, of course), with little sentimentality and little extravagance. As another user here commented, it adds up to more than the sum of its parts. I think this movie is maybe hard for people to understand in the 21st century, as being an simple, moving love story as it might occur to ordinary people. I think people realized its quality more back in the 1950s, because romance in film was obviously unrealistic, and heightened in sentimentality. Since then, films have really blurred the line between these different sorts of love stories, making a film like this seem possibly like its attempting to get laughs, or suffering from naivety or stupidity. This movie doesn't present perfect characters, perfect situations, or manufactured emotions. It's not a perfect film. It's not a fairy tale either - it's a love story. A small-scale, believable, unpretentious love story. One of hope in a world where perfection is a lie.
Marty was a pleasant surprise. It's an incredibly genuine romance that doesn't need melodrama to get its point across. It's simple and sweet. Marty is one of the most likeable characters ever.
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This movie ranks #20 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #24 in National Board of Review Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #29 in Academy Award - Best Picture
This movie ranks #64 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #140 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #200 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #205 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #246 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #284 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #533 in The New York Times's Book of Movies