5.0 out of 5 stars I'm walkin' here, I'm walkin' here
MIDNIGHT COWBOY is one of the top ten films to ever be made. I should be seen to be believed. New York City is actually the main character in this hard-to-take-your-eye-from film, and there's no way you can come away from this unmoved. Winner of the Academy Award for best film in 1969 (the first X-rated film to do so), I both disliked and admired it when I first saw it...
Published on Feb 14 2007 by R2D2
3.0 out of 5 stars A trangic tale of friendship
This film was Best Picture at the Oscars. Joe is from Texas and travels to New York to be a hustler, but runs out of money when business is not good. He is befriended by a con man, and they soon become good friends. They have to help each other get by, and survive.
This film isn't all straightforward. We get a lot of flashbacks, and juxtaposition of images. The film...
Published on Nov 11 2002 by Zev Bazarov
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm walkin' here, I'm walkin' here,
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie ever made,
4.0 out of 5 stars A STORY ABOUT THE TRUE FRIENDSHIP.,
Joe Buck (played by Jon Voight) and "Razzo" Rizzo (played by Dustin Hoffman) are apparently the two more different persons in the whole New York City, but actually they share more in common than they and the audience think at the beginning of the film. Despite the fact that their origins are completely different, Joe and Razzo eventually understand that they only have each other in the tough Big City.
The song "Everybody Is Talking" is very good, and it is a great musical background to the gray streets of New York City. The director John Schlesinger never was known for finesse and subtlety, and this movie proves that he was a risky director. Jon Voight became well-known thanks to his portrayal of Joe Buck, and Dustin Hoffman portrayed a lovable loser with his usual skills.
"Midnight Cowboy" is a very dark film, but intelligent and influential at the same time. Perhaps some elements have lost their original impact, but still this is a powerful movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars The crude crash against the reality,
Our boy goes to NYC and meets an outsider (Dustin Hoffman) who will feed his dreams. But the crude reality will show those men how far and wrong they are about New York as a promised land.
With surrealistic situations , the texan boy will experience slow but progressively, the dissapointment process , and his desired gigolo proyect will become in ashes ; and still yet ...
Well, Dustin is amazing as the uncommitmed street man, the locations in NYC look like a hell's preview; the sense of anguish and claustrophobia are notorius. Hunger, loneliness and hopeless will be his true colleagues in this nightmarish journey.
A well made fable about the dream and reality; the ancient myth of Eros and Psyque ; fantasy against imagination. A methaporical slap for those who still hope that NYC will receive you with open arms without any effort.
An extraordinary film who won the Academy Award and threw the gladiator actoral sand to Jon Voight.
Unforgettable and even recognized soundtrack even now.
Undoubtly the masterpiece of John Schlessinger and one of the most solid gems of the american cinema in any age.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Film Still Moves Me,
This review is from: Midnight Cowboy (VHS Tape)Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, directed by John Schlesinger, seemed so on the cutting edge in 1969. Both Dustin Hoffman (Ratzo Rizzo) and John Voight (Joe Buck) were nominated for an Oscar for best actor-- as I recall, conventional wisdom was that they cancelled each other out-- but the movie received the Best Picture Award and Schlesinger walked away with the Award for Best Director.
I remember being blown away by the movie in '69. A great admirer of Schlesinger, I watched the movie again recently for the first time since its initial release. I wanted to see if it still was as powerful as I remembered. This time around parts of it seem stuck in the 60's-- the New York party that Ratzo and Joe attend, for example, and the pathetic homosexual-- nope, we can't call him gay-- who picks up Joe and feels he deserves the beating Joe gives him, after he calls his mother on the telephone. Of course, 1969 was the year that a group of despised dragqueens held police officers at bay for a couple of days in another part of New York at a bar called Stonewall. Although those of us in the provences weren't aware of it yet, the times, they were a-changing.
On the other hand, the characters of both Ratzo and Joe endure. Who will ever forgot Joe's hopelessly inept attempt at hustling Sylvia Miles or Ratzo, the real con artist, with his ever present limp. They would make any film critic's list of most memorable characters of the last half of the Twentieth Century. The movie obviously is about finding friendship in unlikely places. Everyone, from the most wealthy to the most down and out, needs love.
Finally, Ratzo and Joe's bus ride into the warm and balmy Miami to get away from the cold New York winter moved me as much today as it did when I first saw the movie. The ending made my eyes burn again almost 35 years later. This film will endure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Performances. More Low-Key than Racy.,
"Midnight Cowboy" is based on the novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy and was adapted for the screen by Waldo Salt. John Schlesinger directed the film to such acclaim that it won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay in 1969 despite its "X" MPAA rating. The film's rating seems to be on account of its situation in the world of bartered sex. "Midnight Cowboy" is not very explicit by today's standards. Contrary to what one might expect, the narrative is really very low-key. The writing is indifferent to sex. The story is found in Joe Buck's emotional arch over the course of the film. The storyline itself is uneventful and, to be honest, the two main characters are completely uninteresting people. The film's performances are its best quality, and both lead actors were nominated for Academy Awards. Jon Voight does a fine job of conveying Joe's cockiness along with his gradual discovery of his own naiveté and perhaps lack of intelligence. Dustin Hoffman is memorable as sickly, pathetic "Ratso". Brenda Vaccaro is interesting in a supporting role as one of Joe's ladies. And Warhol actress "Viva" appears briefly as essentially herself, in a small role as the hostess of a Factory-like party for the art-is-a-man's-name crowd, where you can catch glimpses of some other famous Warhol groupies as well. So I'm recommending "Midnight Cowboy" for its performances.
The DVD: Both widescreen and full screen versions are on the same disc, each on a different side. The film starts up as soon as you put the disc in the player and can't be stopped until the movie actually starts. The only bonus feature is a theatrical trailer. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Dubbing is available in French.
4.0 out of 5 stars Greyhound trip to hell!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship in misery,
This review is from: Midnight Cowboy [Import] (VHS Tape)This film is a classic and a cult film. A young Dustin Hoffman cuts out a part that is so brilliant and so moving that the film will remain in our minds no matter how long ago we have seen it. The hustling cowboy in New York was a myth in the 60s, but the film does not only work on ambiguous situations in that business, but takes advantage of the situation to depict New York under a very sad and dark light. People are indifferent to their neighbors. A man can die in the middle of the sidewalk, yet no one will even stop to check upon him. New York has a tremendous amount of poverty, misery and suffering, and this film only speaks of the whites in New York. To the point that Rico, the main character, is living on a dream, the dream to go to Florida. His situation is so dramatic that his friend Joe will, thanks to violent stealing in a sexual situation that will prevent the victim from speaking, realize his dream and take him to Florida. Unluckily he will die when crossing the city limits of Miami. He will have seen Florida from his seat on a bus but never set one foot on the ground. This dream is of course a sour version of the American dream, a dream that turns into a death march. But it is also a testimony of what was happening in the US in the 60s : poverty was discovered, total solitude and absolute isolation was common place in these big cities, and some tragedies were looming behind. It is thus a film about the coming of age of America, of White America, and their discovery that their world is not entirely what advertising and propaganda say all the time. This will lead to riots, upheavals, social crises, and many other evils in a society that was finally understood as being unequal, unegalitarian. It was the time when Warhol shot his own films, « Flesh » and « Trash », and this one is following exactly the same line.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Cowboy: A Classic.,
I'm in my early twenties and would, according to present standards, qualify as an adult, but certainly I haven't myself been in the gutter yet, nor been to the pawn shop, nor etc., etc.. nevertheless, I consider this a very strong film.
Of course I won't go into subject matter/themes/summary of MC, as that will be redundant and would rob you of half the fun. Most probably other reviewers have taken the liberty of being more informative. Rather I stain blank 'paper' with words urging you to rush out and buy MC. Repeat: watch MC.
Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman are terrific here. Also I was led to believe that this film contained graphic you-know-what, and indeed MC was rated X upon release, but nothing of the sort occurred. Must have been the drug party that caused all the controversy; there's nothing shocking about it these days.
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can ever forget Ratzo?,
Midnight Cowboy was really revolutionary for its time, but by today's standards it's kinda tame. Still, what a great flick. After all, it put Jon Voight on the map, and if it weren't for that signature move, where would we be today without Angelina Jolie, his daughter?
In the movie, Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a naive dude from Nowheresville, TX, who goes to NYC with aspirations of being a gigolo. He quickly finds it difficult to make a go of it and ends up in a dump with Ratzo Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a crippled con man and thief who apparently has TB.
One of my favorite blips in movies of all times if Ratzo smacking the hood of a taxi and yelling, "I'm walkin' here, I'm walkin' here!" - not to mention the madman religious freak who turns his toilet into a psychedelic shrine to Jesus.
Basically, though, at its heart the movie is a pathetic tale of friendship between 2 lost losers. A film classic.
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