- Marty review by AM
This is a great little film. Simple story where nobody gets punched in the nose, about a simple everyday guy - and a nice guy. Very underrated little film, and Borgnine deserving Best Actor Oscar as the title character in this movie. Top Banana!
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What a find!
- Marty review by JK
This film is absolutely charming in every way. Ernest Borgnine well deserved his Oscar for a beautifully underplayed but utterly convincing 'Ugly Duckling' who feels he's never going to progress in the romance stakes. Betsy Blair, too, is so subtle in her portrayal of the 'dowdy' school mistress who also just wants to be appreciated for attributes other than her looks.
It's easy to see where Disney got the 'Four Crows' dialogue from in the original Jungle Book animation: "What d'you wanna do?" "I don't know. What do you wanna do?" etc. etc.
What adds to the delight is that nobody gets shot, there's no blood, graphic sex, or women sounding like they are on helium and saying "Oh My God" every other sentence.
Mama and Auntie have conversations that real Mama's and their sisters have - in fact all the characters are three (as opposed to two) dimensional.
Finally - get a load of that Tiffany-style light in Mama's dining room - It's fabulous!
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