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
Contrasting Opinions #1: Ratso Rizzo's famous line, "I'm walkin' here!", *was* scripted. The location was at 58th Street and 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The scene called for the taxicab (driven by a stunt driver) to turn east onto 58th Street from 6th Avenue as Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, walking north on 6th Avenue, crossed 58th Street. Dustin then was to yell at the cab as it almost ran into him. The scene was rehearsed, and then with camera and sound rolling, the shot was filmed. There was a pause, the cab reversed direction, backed up onto 6th, stopped, then proceeded to turn again onto 58th as Dustin and Jon once more crossed the street. This happened several times, each time attracting a larger and larger crowd of curious onlookers. The camera setup was just to the north, and the crew seemed to be greatly amused as the filming disrupted morning rush hour. 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 »
Whoopee-tee-yi-yo. Get along little dogies. It's your misfortune and none of my own.
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Everybody's Talkin' at me, I can't hear a word they're saying
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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