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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Perdidos en la noche  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)

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Teenage girl fans of The Graduate (1967) would scream when they saw Dustin Hoffman filming in the streets of New York, even though he was in his filthy costume as Rizzo. 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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A Famous Myth
Music and Lyrics by Jeffrey Comanor (as J. Comanor)
Sung by The Groop
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Everybody's Talkin' at me, I can't hear a word they're saying
18 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best films of the 60's and one of the kings of X rated films (among the few which include Valley of the Dolls, Clockwork Orange, and the only one to keep the title, Last Tango in Paris) is essentially a old fashioned type of movie, sorta like American Pie was (in a way). The film stars a young Jon Voight as a guy from the pig farms of Texas who moves to New York and becomes a man-whore. While in town, he meets the memorable Ratzo Rizzo played even more memorably by Dustin Hoffman. They then form a good yet sad friendship. Stylishly compelling, with two fine performances at it's core, and even thought the X rated form might scare away some people, most sex scenes go fast with quick yet excellent editing. A very well made film experience, however never watch this film on TV, and that goes for most films that have some explicit stuff. A+

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