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Midnight Cowboy (1969) Movie Reviews

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04/29/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Midnight Cowboy review

Joe Buck (Jon Voight) goes to New York to be a hustler. He meets a cripple named Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). Soundtrack was apt and endearing, which captivates attention to every poignant scene. Performances of the leads keeps you engaged, Voight with his innocent looking childlike eyes and Hoffman's scheming gestures coupled with an authentic looking limp and sickness. Screenplay was provocative with lines "A person's got to make a living." - Cass. "Well, we all have our off days." Towny. A film that tackles on survival, ambition, friendship, homosexuality, loneliness, bad past, transformation, and death. Midnight Cowboy is a dark, often funny, dramatic picture that touches on several sensitive issues, especially during it's time.

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04/10/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Setting Trends

This movie transcends time, for it is truly one of the greatest movies of friendship and survival to every be captured. It is not just not just the story of the two lonesome characters that have become the pariahs in the land of the American Dream, but is the story of New York City itself; an unforgiven antagist swallowing a million dreams at a time. The film introduced audiences to elements of New York City that before had not been truly captured. This evident in its initial X-rating (later given an r-rating) after it had one the Oscar in 1969), where the themes of male prostitution, sexual exploitation, rape and drugs were still difficult for many moviegoers to comprehend. This movie paved the way for many of its successors: My Own Private Idaho, Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, L.I.E....

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11/24/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A very dark but very good film.

A film with very dark material but the friendship between the two main characters really brightens it up as does Jon Voight's performance as Joe Buck. It is just a film that is intriguing despite its very dark content. The characters are very good because you want to know what will happen to them. There really is no story besides going in to New York and needing to get out. That is all it needs because it holds your interest through its unique visual style.

Oscar Nominee Best Actor Jon Voight 6-Jon Voight is perfect as Joe Buck. He does not do a single thing wrong in the film. All of his emotions are shown very realistically, from his anger to hos overall naive and upbeat attitude.

Oscar Nominee Best Actor Dustin Hoffman 6- Just as good as Voight although almost the opposite in t...

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4/4 

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05/16/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Solid Landmark Film

I can't believe this was considered as an X-rated film back in the day. In today's standards, this is about an R-rated picture or probably even a PG-13 if one wants to push it. "Of Mice and Men" comparisons are earned because of the two main characters. While watching the film, I was astounded to see a young Jon Voight. Prior to watching this movie, I could only imagine him in those action movies back in the 1990's. As for the film itself, I did like it quite a bit even though I felt like it meandered somewhere in the middle. Just when I thought it would take a dark turn, it did not so that was disappointing. They could have added many more layers and undertones instead of clubbing scenes. Still, for its time, I admired its audacity to tell a story about a male hustler. I guess one can lo...

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3/4 

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11/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Joe Buck (Jon Voight) was a simple male prostitute from Texas when he moved to New York City. While trying to make a dishonest living, he meets Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), who decides to help the cowboy-clad young man in the Best Picture winning film, "Midnight Cowboy."

Finally, a Dustin Hoffman movie that is absolutely horrible. I cannot for the life of me figure out what exactly qualified this movie for Best Picture, other than existing. There were four other really good films up against "Midnight Cowboy," yet it somehow won. Granted, being good really means nothing in Hollywood.

The story would be fine if it were interesting in any way. I think if they had tried less to make it a money-maker and more to make it a good movie, it would have been great. Dustin Hoffman is really good, ho...

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1.5/4 

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