Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

DVD - 1998
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A Texas "cowboy" takes a bus to New York in search of lonely, rich women who will pay for his sexual services, but spends a hard winter helping a con man.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment [distributor, 1998]
ISBN: 9780792833284
0792833287
Branch Call Number: DVD MID
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col., double sided ; 4 3/4 in

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Les_J
May 05, 2017

Brenda Vaccaro is smoking hot in this !!!, and the rest of it is pretty good too ;)

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HerNoseInABookGal
Jan 12, 2017

Beautiful film. A story of friendship, chasing empty dreams, desperate solitude in the face of loneliness within the loud, uncompromising hustle bustle of an impersonal NYC. This is, for sure, no comedy. Listen to the dialogue and be sure to watch the extras. The acting is honest and bare bones.

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RobSW
Nov 25, 2015

I agree with another reviewer, below. Thoroughly depressing and unenjoyable. Additionally, I don't like Hoffman, nor the vastly overrated Voight.
Way overrated movie.

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ALAN G FOX
Sep 14, 2015

I'm walkin' here.
I'M WALKIN' HERE!

rufus_red4 Mar 05, 2014

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.

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randomyzer
Oct 21, 2013

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

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lindy919
Sep 23, 2013

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

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Aug 26, 2013

There's a reason this film won Best Picture and Best Director breaking barriers and taboo topics yet . . . it is a most unique view of friendship set on 42nd Street in 1960's New York. The DVD extras add significantly to the movie's enjoyment.

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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.

stephanie1111 May 30, 2012

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.

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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!..."

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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)

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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..."

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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..."

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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?

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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'.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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

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