The soundtrack album was released by united artists records in 1969. Smith, randy quaid, norbert weisser, peter jeffrey and john hurt. The film never sags and holds your attention throughout, and the through line of the plot the friendship between rizzo and joe buck has about as much. Joe tries to make money by receiving oral sex from a young man in a movie theater, but learns after the act that the. I said, if i brought you a story about this dishwasher from texas who goes to new york. Joes mother, who might or might not have been a prostitute, frequently leaves him with a succession of blondes, either his aunts or other prostitutes, until he is about 9 and she drops him off to live with his grandmother, sally buck. The movie s main theme, midnight cowboy, featured harmonica by toots thielemans, but on its album version it was played by tommy reilly. Joe buck and ratso are castaways in midnight cowboy. Plot summary for midnight cowboy 1969, plus mistakes, quotes, trivia and more. Jon voight and dustin hoffman in midnight cowboy 1969.
Say, why about you and me get right down on our knees, right now. Long after it was first released, midnight cowboy remains one of a handful of films that stay in our memory after the others have evaporated. The title music from midnight cowboy and some of the incidental cues were included in the documentary to ryboy t he movie in 2011. Joe buck, a young texan working as a dishwasher, quits his. A hustler jon voight and an ailing con man dustin hoffman. I said, if i brought you a story about this dishwasher from texas who goes to. The electric horseman is a 1979 american western adventureromance film starring robert redford and jane fonda and directed by sydney pollack.
Ratso rizzo was damaged physically by the ravages of childhood polio and joe buck was even more damaged emotionally by abuse, neglect and some horrific sexual experiences that left him with a worldview that would only set him up for more abuse. Such cinematic experiments in tone and montage were, of course, en vogue at the time midnight cowboy arrived in the first batch of postnew wave modernist cinema, two years after john boormans point blank and one year before nicolas roegs performanceand schlesingers most famous pre midnight cowboy film, darling, was a trendy. There are plenty of films which have an offthecliff ending, where the world stops. This movie on rerelease for its 50th anniversary is about two men finding. United artists eventually decided to let him make midnight cowboy 1969, and the film won academy awards for best director, best adapted screenplay, and best film. Midnight cowboy was an unabashedly adult movie with adult themes and experimental touches, and it took englishman john schlesinger to bring this approach to an otherwise gritty new york story. On may 25, 1969, united artists released the film midnight cowboy, starring jon. Advertisement the best thing in the movie is the acting, by jon voight and dustin hoffman as a simpleminded texas drifter and a cynical broadway street operator. Midnight cowboy, american film 1969 starring jon voight and dustin. Midnight cowboy bad luck follows jon voights manboy hustler like a cloud, and the only kind of love he has ever known with dustin hoffmans ratzo doesnt. East 70th street, new york joes sunny optimism starts to crumble as his first approach to a smart uptown lady evaporates in fantasy outside her townhouse at 117 east 70th street at park avenue on the east side. As the film opens, joe buck jon voight, a young texan working as a dishwasher, dresses in new cowboy clothing, packs a suitcase, and quits his job. They go their own way, live their own lives, become two of the permanent inhabitants of. Long before an american gigolo, many young men must have dreamt of becoming bigcity escorts for a fee.
And seeing these things and reaching to them, we are ready to praise the movie where we found them. The movies main theme, midnight cow boy, featured harmonica by toots thielemans, but on its album version it was played by tommy reilly. Joe buck is a wideeyed hustler from texas hoping to score big with wealthy new york city women. Synopsis whatever you hear about midnight cowboy is true. The direction and cinematography were highly unusual for that time, and the use of montages and cuts and the trippy shots of the warholesque party made the film even more disorienting. Grim and downbeat in its depiction of a heartless new york city. As the film opens, joe buck jon voight, a young texan working as a dishwasher, dresses in new cowboy clothing, packs a suitcase, and quits his. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing midnight cowboy near you.
Here is americas underbelly and it even smells that way. The world of times square, a world of people without hope and esteem, seems terribly real. Midnight cowboy 1969 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Restless and dissatisfied with his life as a dishwasher in a small texas town, young joe buck outfits himself in a flashy cowboy outfit and heads for new york city, confident that his fortune will be made by selling himself to wealthy, sexstarved manhattan women. In the film midnight cowboy, the background story of wouldbe hustler joe buck is given in a series of flashbacks, many of which feature a young woman named annie. Take, for example, just how prevalent homosexuality is in midnight cowboy. Synopsis as the film opens, joe buck jon voight, a young texan working as a dishwasher, dresses in new cowboy clothing, packs a suitcase, and quits his job. He heads to new york city hoping to succeed as a male prostitute for women. John schlesingers gritty, unrelentingly bleak look at the seedy underbelly of urban american life is. Some of the attitudes in midnight cowboy especially toward. Can we stop pretending that midnight cowboy isnt a. The xrated midnight cowboy won best picture and best director john schlisinger oscars in 1969 for its decadent looks inside 42nd street movie houses, opium dens and uptown highrises.
Midnight cowboy wikimili, the best wikipedia reader. Midnight cowboy was both a love story and a tragedy based on the lives of two horribly damaged human beings. The film has successive flashbacks to an experience in which he. Directed by john schlesinger and written by waldo salt, the film is based on the 1965 novel by james leo herlihy. Midnight cowboy, which won an academy award for best picture of 1969, hoffman played ratso rizzo, a tubercular homeless man who develops a friendship with an unsuccessful male prostitute played by jon voight. Because the flashbacks are so brief and disjointed, its difficult to piece together a coherent story.
Midnight cowboy is a 1969 buddy drama film starring jon voight and dustin hoffman. New york city is a lot tougher than he thought, and his hustling is ultimately unsuccessful. Midnight cowboy became one of the major financial and artistic hits of 1969, winning oscars for best picture the first for an xrated film, best director, and former blacklistee waldo salts. Midnight cowboy moves beyond realism into an archetypal tale of the big city destroying dreamers. Midnight cowboy 211 movie clip im walkin here 1969. The first and only xrated movie to win a best picture oscar, which made its premiere on. New york, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a dickensian layabout named enrico ratso. Through these symbols this film, midnight cowboy, is a good movie. Midnight cowboy trailer directed by john schlesinger and starring dustin hoffman, jon voight, john mcgiver, barnard hughes, gilman rankin. Midnight cowboy 1969 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. Midnight cowboy 611 movie clip miami dreaming 1969.
Midnight cowboy moseys into uk cinemas again next month on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and with it comes another opportunity to ask whether this is a film about homophobia or a. Midnight cowboy comes heartbreakingly close to being the movie we want it to be. Midnight cowboy 1969 ending spoiler movie mistakes. Midnight cowboy, the sometimes amusing but essentially sordid saga of a. Joe buck, a handsome texan dishwasher, packs up and moves to the big apple, hoping to make easy money as a prostitute for what he perceives as a rich, middleaged class of bored women. Midnight cowboy, a midnight cowboy is a cowboy at that comes out at night and in new york cowboys of the night are hustlers, which is a symbol the wannabe life of the lead character. Plot the book opens with wouldbe studforhire joe buck getting ready to leave his rural texas town, recalling the events that set him upon his sordid path. Synopsis convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, texas dishwasher joe buck jon voight quits his job and heads for new york city, thinking hell latch on to some rich dowager. Midnight cowboy, the sometimes amusing but essentially sordid saga of a male prostitute in manhattan, should do business on shock, sensation, sex, curiosity, dispute and the popularity of dustin. Midnight express is a 1978 prison neo noir drama film directed by alan parker, produced by david puttnam and written by oliver stone, based on billy hayes 1977 nonfiction book midnight express. If you like midnight cowboy you are looking for realistic, disturbing and psychological movies about with friendship, cowboy, fish out of water, homosexuality, prostitute, dancer and male bonding themes of drama and western genre shot in usa. Midnight cowboy is a good movie with a masterpiece inside, struggling to break free.748 1250 1569 1164 482 1433 754 379 1266 556 676 102 874 727 218 1138 649 199 1408 1403 475 1573 1055 1590 29 450 1375 157 733 1168 215 1011 573 683 992 1445 1419 573 557