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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sally Buck - Texas
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George Eppersen ...
Ralph - Texas
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Cafeteria Manager - Texas
Linda Davis ...
Mother on the Bus - Texas
J.T. Masters ...
Old Cow-Hand - Texas


Texas greenhorn Joe Buck arrives in New York for the first time. Preening himself as a real 'hustler', he finds that he is the one getting 'hustled' until he teams up with a down-and-out but resilient outcast named Ratso Rizzo. The initial 'country cousin meets city cousin' relationship deepens. In their efforts to bilk a hostile world rebuffing them at every turn, this unlikely pair progress from partners in shady business to comrades. Each has found his first real friend. Written by alfiehitchie

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16 June 1969 (Brazil)  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)

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Dustin Hoffman kept pebbles in his shoe to ensure his limp would be consistent from shot to shot. See more »


After Joe Buck's encounter with Towny, he and Ratso board the bus to Miami. But the bus then enters the south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel, which only carries eastbound traffic into New York. See more »


[first lines]
Joe Buck: Whoopee-tee-yi-yo. Get along little dogies. It's your misfortune and none of my own.
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Referenced in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) See more »


Everybody's Talkin'
Words and Music by Fred Neil
Arranged and Conducted by George Aliceson Tipton (as George Tipton)
Sung by Harry Nilsson (as Nilsson)
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Depressing squalor laced with sentiment
11 November 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Fascinating downer about a would-be male hustler in New York City forced to live in a condemned building with a crippled con-man. Extremely bleak examination of modern-day moral and social decline, extremely well-directed by John Schlesinger (who never topped his work here) and superbly acted by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Packs quite a punch overall, yet the "fantasy" scenes--some of which are played for a chuckle--are mildly intrusive, as is the "mod" drug party. The relationship that develops between the two men is sentimental, yet the filmmakers are careful not to get mushy, and this gives the picture an edge it might not have had with a lesser director than Schlesinger. Originally X-rated in 1969, and the winner of the Best Picture Oscar; screenwriter Waldo Salt (who adapted James Leo Herilhy's book) and Schlesinger also won statues. ***1/2 from ****

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