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Midnight Cowboy

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Midnight Cowboy
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Joe Buck moves to New York from Texas to make his fortune servicing women. Instead, he's conned into partnering up with small-time huslter Ratso Rizzo. Living together on the tattered edges of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond that helps them transcend their cruel existence.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : MGM Home Entertainment ; Culver City, CA : Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006
Edition: Collector's ed
ISBN: 1424800056
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 113 min.) : anamorphic, sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Mar 05, 2014
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Love it or hate it, Midnight Cowboy was a groundbreaking movie in it's day. When I saw it years ago, I came away from it that it's one of the most depressing films ever made. Having had about 25 years distance since I last viewed it, what was grim reality to me then is now a film very stylized and staged. Jon Voigt, Sylvia Miles and Brena Vaccaro's performances were very naturalistic. I cant say the same for Dustin Hoffman's. Though it's a physical tour de force, it comes off as way over the top these days. Nonetheless, it's still is a cinematic achievement, though perhaps not the most revered or shall I say, has aged gracefully.

the 2 disc edition of this is scratched so horribly it will no longer play. Shame on those who don't respect library materials

Sep 23, 2013
  • lindy919 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Highly over-rated but still decent movie about Joe Buck's disillusion with 1970s New York city.

Sep 18, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This has got to be one of, if not the, most saddest film I have ever seen, but I will be damned if it isn't one of the best. There is a dark and twisted beauty to the story and a grim totality at the end. The film highlights in a very unsettling manner the seedy world of male prostitution. Jon Voight begins the movie with the sort of 'Magic Mike' vision of being a hustler and is quick to find the city of New York is ready to manipulate him at a moments notice and never forgive him for it, his only friend is Rizzo, played by Dustin Hoffman, a crippled con man who desperately wants to go to Florida, together they form the most effective and, for lack of any better phrase, heartwarming friendship I have seen in a film, it's a classic case of opposites attract. I love this film, every second, every minute, every peak and every valley in Joe and Rizzo's journey for clearer skies and friendly faces. Midnight Cowboy is one the best films of the 20th Century, I will fight on that, don't tempt me.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Director John Schlesinger's vision for Midnight Cowboy was powerful, affecting. A yokel cowboy (dishwasher), with naïve visions of grandeur, and a past full of wreckage, from bible thumping Anytown Texas, tells 'Mel's Diner' to "take this job and shove it", and jumps a Greyhound for the 'big city'. Believing he's a hustler, and God's gift to the ladies, Joe Buck is in for a 'baptism by fire'. The decay and decadence of 1969 New York City shatters his best laid plans, as well as the nihilists, the sexual deviants, and the con artists. At least he's got Ratso... It's a bleak film about dreamers, losers basically, wishing for something "better", somewhere... anywhere... Writing, directing, acting, score - tremendous cinema. Oscar winning and deservedly so. Affecting. FIVE STARS.

May 30, 2012
  • stephanie1111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Midnight Cowboy was a film way ahead of its time. The characters are compelling, and the bond between them is sweet and touching. I really enjoyed seeing New York City in the late 60s, grimy with much more character then the present. I highly recommend this film.

Feb 16, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Great performance a must see for all. A++ DVD

Jan 22, 2012
  • BearsEatBeets rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have heard of this movie title for years, and finally decided to view it on the recommendation of a friend. The biggest impression I received is anachronism: The way things were in the early 1970's setting of the film - travel by bus into the bright lights of the big city; the best media device a young guy could have was a transistor radio; the ubiquitous cigarette smoking. The latter part of the film was rather moving though, and the two main characters definitely formed a strong and touching bond.
One aspect I despised in Joe Buck was a rather violent physical reaction to an older "john" who simply appeared cautious and naive about a potential sexual liaison. I would have liked that older "john" character given more development or the aftermath of the encounter more background.
The filming quality is excellent. Having spent several months in and around Manhattan years ago, I recognized many of the landmarks thanks to much of the film's technical image clarity.
Overall it is a solidly good movie but, like another person leaving a comment alludes to, I don't understand either what is so great about it. Perhaps it was the time the movie was made and then released; the amount of nudity and sexual explicitness is relatively tame by today's standards.

May 28, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have seen Midnight Cowboy three times now, and I just do not understand what is so fantastic about it. I mean, it is a good movie, but is about as far as it goes for me. Dustin Hoffman gave a nice performance, but Jon Voight and the plot didn't do it for me. I felt like the movie was not going anywhere, and it never really did. Maybe some people pull more out of it than I am able to, or maybe the fourth time is the charm...

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Midnight Cowboy is a brave, moving film of magnitude, influence and importance that has lost absolutely none of it's impact over the years, so if you haven't seen it, you're really missing out on a true American classic. I recommend this film to everyone.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ratso Rizzo (cooking, to Joe Buck): "The two basic items... necessary to sustain life... are sunshine... and coconut milk... Did you know that? That's a fact... In Florida, you got a terrific amount of coconut trees, there. In fact, I think they even got 'em in the, uh, gas stations over there... And ladies! You know that Miami you got, uh... Are you listenin' to me? You got, more ladies, in Miami, than in any resort area in the country, there... I mean per capita on a given day, there's probably, uh, three hundred of 'em on the beach... In fact, you can't even, uh, scratch yourself without gettin' a bellybutton, there, up the old kazoo, there..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ratso Rizzo (jaywalking with Joe Buck, almost getting hit by a taxi): "HEY! I'M WALKIN' HERE!! (slams on the hood) I'M WALKIN' HERE!! Up yours, you son of a b*tch! You don't talk to me that way!" (taxi blows horn, leaves, Ratso flips him off) (to Joe) "Don't worry about that. Actually, that ain't a bad way to pick up insurance, you know..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joe Buck: "Uh, pardon me ma'am. Uh... I'm brand spankin' new in this here town, and I was, uh, I was hopin' to get a look at the Statue of Liberty." Cass: "You were hopin' to get a look at what?" Joe Buck: "Uh, Statue of Liberty." Cass: "It's up in Central Park, taking a leak... If you hurry up, you'll catch the supper show." (walks away)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ralph: "Aren't you comin' to work?" Joe Buck: "I guess not, Ralph. Hell, I just come to collect my pay. Y'know, I'm headed up East." Ralph: "You're headin' up East?!?" Joe Buck: "I thought I'd say goodbye to ya. Just come to look around a little bit, you know?" (waitress yells out an order, Joe sticks his hand out to shake Ralph's) "Well... Goodbye." Ralph: "What are you gonna do back East?" Joe Buck: "A lotta rich women back there, Ralph... Beggin' for it. Payin' for it, too." Ralph: "Yeah?" Joe Buck: "Yeah. Hell, yeah! And the men are mostly tooty fruities!..."

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Joe Buck: I like the way I look. Makes me feel good, it does. And women like me, goddammit. Hell, the only one thing I ever been good for is lovin'. Women go crazy for me, that's a really true fact! Ratso, hell! Crazy Annie they had to send her away!
Ratso Rizzo: Then, how come you ain't scored once the whole time you been in New York?

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gretel McAlbertson: Why are you stealing food?
Ratso Rizzo: I was just, uh, noticing that you're out of salami. I think you oughtta have somebody go over to the delicatessen, you know, bring some more back.
Gretel McAlbertson: Gee, well, you know, it's free. You don't have to steal it.
Ratso Rizzo: Well, if it's free, then I ain't stealin'.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Joe Buck: Whoopee-tee-yi-yo. Get along little dogies. It's your misfortune and none of my own.

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Mar 27, 2011
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.

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