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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | | Drama | 16 June 1969 (Brazil)
A naive hustler travels from Texas 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:
Mr. O'Daniel
Sally Buck - Texas
Annie - Texas
Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
Gary Owens ...
T. Tom Marlow ...
George Eppersen ...
Ralph - Texas
Al Scott ...
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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Perdidos en la noche  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


On the occasion of the film's 25th anniversary in 1994, Dustin Hoffman revealed on Larry King Live (1985) that, when the movie was first previewed, the audience started to leave in droves during the movie theater gay encounter scene between Jon Voight and Bob Balaban. See more »


As the bus Joe Buck rides approaches New York, the view focuses on the Statue of Liberty. However this shot is from the New Jersey Turnpike's Holland Tunnel-Newark Bay Extension (Interchange 14C) going southbound, away from New York. Minutes later in the same scene, the view from the bus shows the Midtown Manhattan skyline as it enters the Lincoln Tunnel. 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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Truly brilliant
16 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Watching Midnight Cowboy is like taking a masterclass in acting/ directing/ cinematography/ editing/ writing. I was too young to watch it when it was originally released, and only saw it for the first time a couple of years ago, but it has absolutely stood the test of time, and I have watched it several times since.

Everything about this film is brilliant, from the poignant performances from Voight and Hoffman (even though I know this movie well, I still find myself welling up every time Voight flashes one of his innocently pained looks, or Hoffman coughs in his sickly and ominous way) to the stunning cinematography and superbly edited dream sequences.

It's a shame that more of our contemporary filmmakers aren't prepared to take a risk on making movies that are as visually and aurally interesting as this one. Midnight cowboy should be required viewing at all film schools.


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