Midnight Cowboy ()

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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 15 nominations.
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Joe Buck
Mr. O'Daniel
Sally Buck - Texas
Annie - Texas
Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
Gary Owens ...
Little Joe - Texas
T. Tom Marlow ...
Little Joe - Texas
Ralph - Texas
Al Scott ...
Cafeteria Manager - Texas
Linda Davis ...
Mother on the Bus - Texas
J.T. Masters ...
Old Cow-Hand - Texas
Arlene Reeder ...
The Old Lady - Texas
Rich Lady - New York
Jonathan Kramer ...
Jackie - New York
TV Bishop - New York
The Young Student - New York
Jan Tice ...
Freaked-Out Lady - New York
Bartender - New York
Peter Scalia ...
Vegetable Grocer - New York
Vito Siracusa ...
Vegetable Grocer - New York
Peter Zamagias ...
Hat Shop Owner - New York
Hotel Clerk - New York
Tina Scala ...
Laundromat Lady - New York
Alma Felix ...
Laundromat Lady - New York
Richard Clarke ...
Escort Service Man - New York
Ann Thomas ...
The Frantic Lady - New York
Gretel McAlbertson - The Party
Paul Rossilli ...
Hansel McAlbertson - The Party (as Gastone Rossilli)
The Party
Paul Jabara ...
The Party
The Party
Cecelia Lipson ...
The Party
The Party
The Party
Joan Murphy ...
The Waitress - Florida
Al Stetson ...
Bus Driver - Florida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucian Addario ...
Sailor in Bar (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernice ...
Dog Outside Warhol Party (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
Old Lady in Subway (uncredited)
Man in TV Montage (uncredited)
Rapist in Flashback (uncredited)
Girl at Party (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
William Door ...
Man at Party (uncredited)
Woman in TV Montage (uncredited)
Trent Gough ...
Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Gina (uncredited)
Jay Morran ...
Pimp (uncredited)
Joe Pyne on TV Show (uncredited)
Renee Semes ...
Hippie in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
Homeless Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Walker ...
Hippie #3 (uncredited)
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
St. Bernard Owner (uncredited)

Directed by

John Schlesinger

Written by

Waldo Salt ... (screenplay)
James Leo Herlihy ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

Jerome Hellman ... producer
Kenneth Utt ... associate producer

Music by

John Barry ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Adam Holender ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Hugh A. Robertson ... film editor

Editorial Department

Richard P. Cirincione ... assistant editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Keith Parrish ... color timer: new negative (25th anniversary restoration)
Ed Rothkowitz ... assistant editor (as Edward Rothkowitz)
Len Saltzberg ... assistant editor (as Leonard Saltzberg)

Casting By

Marion Dougherty ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

John Robert Lloyd

Set Decoration by

Philip Smith ... (as Phil Smith)

Costume Design by

Ann Roth

Makeup Department

Irving Buchman ... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi ... hairdresser
Dick Smith ... makeup consultant

Production Management

Fred C. Caruso ... assistant production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Hal Schaffel ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Burtt Harris ... second unit director
Terence A. Donnelly ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Willis Conner ... assistant art director
Edward Garzero ... master scenic artist (as Ed Carzero)
William J. Gerrity ... construction grip
Edward Swanson ... head carpenter (as Ed Swanson)

Sound Department

Vincent Connelly ... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Calvin Loeser ... commentary track re-recording mixer
Abe Seidman ... sound
Dick Vorisek ... sound mixer
Stephen Fitzstephens ... foley artist (uncredited)
James Perdue ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Joshua White ... special lighting effects (as Joshua Light Show)

Camera and Electrical Department

Richard C. Kratina ... camera operator (as Dick Kratina)
Norman Leigh ... chief electrician
Michael Mahony ... key grip (as Mike Mahony)
Willie Meyerhoff ... chief electrician
James Halligan ... grip (uncredited)
Tom Priestley Jr. ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Max Soloman ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

John Barry ... music supervisor
Toxey French ... musical producer
Garry Sherman ... arranger / conductor
Toots Thielemans ... musician: harmonica played by (as Jean 'Toots' Thielemans)
Jeffrey DuFine ... musician (uncredited)
Ronald Frangipane ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Walter E. Sear ... musician: electronic music, Sear Electronic Music Production (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Nicholas Sgarro ... continuity (as Nick Sgarro)

Other crew

Michael Childers ... assistant to the director
Jim Clark ... creative consultant
Pablo Ferro ... graphic effects
Jeff Kanew ... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jim B. Smith ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Texas greenhorn Joe Buck arrives in New York City for the first time. Preening himself as a real "hustler", he finds that he is the one getting "hustled" until he teams up with down-and-out but resilient outcast 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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Macadam cowboy (France)
  • Asphalt-Cowboy (Germany)
  • Cowboy de medianoche (Spain)
  • Cowboy de mitjanit (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Perdidos en la noche (Chile)
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  • 113 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,600,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $17,440,000

Did You Know?

Trivia Before Dustin Hoffman auditioned for this film, he knew that his all-American image could easily cost him the job. To prove he could do it, he asked the auditioning film executive to meet him on a street corner in Manhattan, and in the meantime, dressed himself in filthy rags. The executive arrived at the appointed corner and waited, barely noticing the "beggar" less than ten feet away who was accosting people for spare change. At last, the beggar walked up to him and revealed his true identity. See more »
Goofs When Joe Buck is hungry and destitute, he stops in a diner and sits with a weird mother and son. The son looks at the tracking camera not once, but twice, before dialog resumes. Easily edited, but left in, maybe on purpose. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Everybody's Talkin' See more »
Quotes Ratso Rizzo: I'm walking here! I'm walking here!
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