Approved | | Drama, Romance
A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.
When reading for his part, Ernest Borgnine moved both screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky and director Delbert Mann to tears. When Borgnine had finished his read-through, both Mann and Chayefsky knew that they had found their Marty.
See, dogs like us, we ain't such dogs as we think we are.
In the opening scene in the butcher shop, Marty is shown facing the camera and using a knife to cut between the bones of a roast (to make chops). He does not finish cutting all of the chops, but sets his knife down on the ledge of the counter to his right (our left). In the next shot, from the reverse angle (that is, with Marty's back to the camera), Marty again has the knife in his hand, and is cutting through the remainder of the roast. After he has finished cutting, he takes up a meat cleaver to complete the task of making chops.
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