The Exceptional Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine, one of the world’s hardest working and most persevering actors, would have celebrated his 100th birthday on January 24, 2017. While older generations of film lovers mostly remember him as practically synonymous with “character actor”—a perennial heavy, a sidekick, or a baddie—and younger generations as the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants, Borgnine (1917–2012) actually stood for much more. With his stocky figure, crazed eyes, bushy eyebrows, and gap-toothed grin, he was miles removed from Hollywood’s idea of a “screen look,” and yet he commanded the screen with his presence as very few actors were able to, paving way for later “regular looking” folks—all similarly great talents—like Steve Buscemi, Joe Pesci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and John Goodman. Borgnine was a highly unconventional yet superb lead in two of the most authentic and original American pictures of the 1950s, Marty and The Catered Affair. He was a go-to guy when the greatest film directors of his many eras, from Sam Peckinpah to John Carpenter, needed that extra bit of magic to push their films into the realm of classic or cult. And despite being so prolific, he also seems to have carefully picked his roles; turkeys are few and far between in his filmography encompassing more than two hundred entries. All fifteen films we will show at the Dryden are either art or entertainment (or both) of the highest order.

Date:
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Based on James Jones’s best-selling novel, Zinnemann’s classic follows a group of troubled soldiers stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Date:
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna squares off against her nemesis: the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death.
Date:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, and Ernest Borgnine star in this dirty, dusty, sweaty, cynical, and violent western, set in Mexico during the Franco-Mexican War.
Date:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Smoldering rural hatred erupts as Spencer Tracy fights postwar bigotry in the male-dominated town of Black Rock, New Mexico.
Date:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine slips effortlessly into the role of a kindhearted but lonely Bronx butcher who comes to the aid of an equally plain schoolteacher after she is abandoned at a dancehall by her date.
Date:
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. A gang of bank-robbing rogues roll into a small town ready for their big score, only to find that the community has troubles all its own.
Date:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Ernest Borgnine stars with Bette Davis as working-class parents in this timely and extremely relevant field guide for anyone contemplating marriage with no budget.
Date:
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Kirk Douglas and Ernest Borgnine star in perhaps the finest and most rousing Viking adventure movie ever made.
Date:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Anthony Quinn is Barabbas, the bandit who was chosen to live while Jesus is condemned to the cross.
Date:
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine and Gene Hackman lead a cast of stars through a watery labyrinth as they struggle to escape their ship, which has been flipped upside-down by a freak wave.
Date:
Friday, February 10, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Ice Station Zebra fills the screen with some spectacular underwater images and sweeping skyscapes while balancing a human drama played out in the confines of a US nuclear submarine.
Date:
Friday, February 17, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. In Peckinpah’s revered classic, a group of mostly aging bank robbers head south to pull off one last job.
Date:
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. This tight, brutal slab of Canadian exploitation is as much a critique of homespun bloodthirst as it is a surprisingly effective example of savage ’70s cinema.
Date:
Friday, February 24, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Ernest Borgnine. Sam Peckinpah’s rollicking, proudly lowbrow comedy adventure about a convoy of interstate truckers on the run from a corrupt county sheriff is really a western in trucker drag.