John Sturges directed this sizzling suspenser about a nerve-racking chase to recover flasks of a lethal virus which were stolen from a government lab by a deranged and dangerous scientist.
The moving story of 4 young men struggling against overwhelming odds to remain honest. Crooked employer shorts their earnings; they turn to crime, their first theft ending in tragedy.
Ernest Borgnine plays the title character, a lonely middle-aged butcher from the Bronx living at home with his well-meaning but smothering mother. When his mother convinces him to go out dancing at the Stardust Ballroom, he meets a rather plain teacher, Clara, who is also middle-aged and unmarried. After a few dances, they hit it off, but when she meets his mother and his slacker friends, they are nasty and hostile, and Marty doesn't return her phone call. But finally, at a bar with his friends, realizes he needs to live for himself, and rekindles the romance.
Ernest Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a Bronx butcher who gives up on love -- until he meets an equally lonely school teacher in this charming story that garnered a total of four Oscars including Best Picture.
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