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Midnight Cowboy ()


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

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  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 15 nominations.
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Ratso
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Joe Buck
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Cass
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Mr. O'Daniel
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Shirley
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Towny
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Sally Buck - Texas
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Annie - Texas
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Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
Gary Owens ...
Little Joe - Texas
T. Tom Marlow ...
Little Joe - Texas
George Eppersen ...
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
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Rich Lady - New York
Jonathan Kramer ...
Jackie - New York
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TV Bishop - New York
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The Young Student - New York
Jan Tice ...
Freaked-Out Lady - New York
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Bartender - New York
Peter Scalia ...
Vegetable Grocer - New York
Vito Siracusa ...
Vegetable Grocer - New York
Peter Zamagias ...
Hat Shop Owner - New York
Arthur Anderson ...
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
Paul Rossilli ...
Hansel McAlbertson - The Party (as Gastone Rossilli)
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Gretel McAlbertson - The Party
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The Party
Paul Jabara ...
The Party
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The Party
Cecelia Lipson ...
The Party
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The Party
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The Party
Joan Murphy ...
The Waitress - Florida
Al Stetson ...
Bus Driver - Florida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucian Addario ...
Sailor in Bar (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernice ...
Dog Outside Warhol Party (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
Old Lady in Subway (uncredited)
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Man in TV Montage (uncredited)
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Rapist in Flashback (uncredited)
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Girl at Party (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
William Door ...
Man at Party (uncredited)
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Woman in TV Montage (uncredited)
Trent Gough ...
Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Gina (uncredited)
Jay Morran ...
Pimp (uncredited)
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Joe Pyne on TV Show (uncredited)
Renee Semes ...
Hippie in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
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Homeless man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Walker ...
Hippie #3 (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Bill Walters ...
St. Bernard Owner (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Schlesinger

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

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John Barry ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Adam Holender ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Hugh A. Robertson ... film editor

Editorial Department

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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

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Marion Dougherty ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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John Robert Lloyd

Set Decoration by

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Philip Smith ... (as Phil Smith)

Costume Design by

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Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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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

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Vincent Connelly ... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Abe Seidman ... sound
Dick Vorisek ... sound mixer
Stephen Fitzstephens ... foley artist (uncredited)
James Perdue ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow ... boom operator (uncredited)

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

Camera and Electrical Department

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Max Soloman ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

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

Other crew

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Michael Childers ... assistant to the director
Jim Clark ... creative consultant
Pablo Ferro ... graphic effects
Nicholas Sgarro ... continuity (as Nick Sgarro)
Jeff Kanew ... trailer (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jim B. Smith ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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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 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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Taglines Whatever you hear about Midnight Cowboy is true. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Macadam cowboy (France)
  • Asphalt-Cowboy (Germany)
  • Cowboy de medianoche (Spain)
  • Cowboy de mitjanit (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Asfaltcowboy (Norway)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

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

Did You Know?

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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 Ceilingless set and lighting equipment can be briefly seen in several shots in Cass' bedroom. 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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