Number of Times Seen – 2 (7 Feb 2000 and 3 Oct 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A 34 year old bachelor butcher keeps trying to find the girl of his dreams despite the pressure he feels from everyone he knows.
My Take on it – I saw this movie back in 2000 when I was a 26 year old bachelor and it really spoke to me. When one yearns to find their spouse and whatever they do doesn’t work, it can get very frustrating.
As frustrating as it was for me in the 21st century, the movie depicts how difficult it was for someone back in the 50’s.
The movie has the distinction of being the shortest movie to ever win Best Picture.
It is a feel good movie that shows how love can possibly grow in an instant and that it is never what you can expect.
Ernest Borgnine is amazing here and portrays the main character in such a way that we all can imagine him as the local butcher who forever remains the bachelor.
Director Delbert Mann is one of only 2 Directors to win an Oscar for their debut film. The other is Robert Redford for Ordinary People (1980),
Winner of 4 (of 8) Oscars – Picture, Director, Actor (Borgnine) and Screenplay.
Bottom Line – Feel good movie. Worthwhile. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy