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Midnight Cowboy [Blu-ray] [1969]

  • SKU: 2709202
  • Release Date: 05/29/2011
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 12)

    Synopsis


    Midnight Cowboy
    Based on a James Leo Herlihy novel, British director John Schlesinger's first American film dramatized the small hopes, dashed dreams, and unlikely friendship of two late '60s lost souls. Dreaming of an easy life as a fantasy cowboy stud, cheerful Texas rube Joe Buck (Jon Voight) heads to New York City to be a gigolo, but he quickly discovers that hustling isn't what he thought it would be after he winds up paying his first trick (Sylvia Miles). He gets swindled by gimpy tubercular grifter Rico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) but, when Joe falls in the direst of straits, Ratso takes Joe into his condemned apartment so that they can help each other survive. Things start to look up when Joe finally lands his first legit female customer (Brenda Vaccaro) at a Warhol-esque party; Ratso's health, however, fails. Joe turns a final trick to get the money for one selfless goal: taking Ratso out of New York to his dream life in Miami. One of the first major studio films given the newly minted X rating for its then-frank portrayal of New York decadence, Midnight Cowboy was critically praised for Schlesinger's insight into American lives, with the intercut mosaic of Joe's memories and Ratso's dreams lending their characters and actions greater psychological complexity. While they may have been drawn by the seamy content (tame by current standards), the young late '60s audience responded to Joe's and Ratso's confusion amidst turbulent times and to the connection they make with each other despite their alienation from the surrounding culture. Midnight Cowboy became one of the major financial and artistic hits of 1969, winning Oscars for Best Picture (the first for an X-rated film), Best Director, and former blacklistee Waldo Salt's screenplay. Though the one-two punch of Midnight Cowboy and The Graduate (1967) proved Hoffman's range and Voight's Joe Buck made him a star, both lost Best Actor to classical cowboy John Wayne for True Grit. The film was later re-rated R by the MPAA. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Dustin Hoffman
      Dustin Hoffman - Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo
    • Jon Voight
      Jon Voight - Joe Buck
    • Sylvia Miles
      Sylvia Miles - Cass
    • John McGiver
      John McGiver - O'Daniel
    • Brenda Vaccaro
      Brenda Vaccaro - Shirley



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Number one film of all Time

      Posted
      Kainefu

      First of all Thank sweet goony birds they finally replaced that barebones edition with one that actually compares to the one that was on laserdisc. This is the only X rated film to win Best Picture, of course now it has been downgraded to R, but for its time it was pretty raunchy stuff. This is the best film ever. It is in a word perfect, from Schlesinger's direction, to Salt's script, to the terrific casting. Of course at the forefront of this casting Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman who both turn in career performances and if you are a young actor, this film is like an acting master class on Character Acting. No go to Class!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Picture Oscar Winner!

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      Stenph
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      I'm sure this movie was more shocking when it was released in 1969 but it's still a great movie! Oscar nominated performances from Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. The first X rated movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Great John Barry score! Not to be missed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best

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      DrOxygen
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      This is one of the movies any fan must see and any serious collector add to their inventory. Well written, directed and acted. There are no downsides to this it is by far one of the classics.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great classic.

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      AsianJewSyndicate
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      I saw this classic when it first came out in 1969 at the movies. Considered it great then and it has stood the test of time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, great disc!

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      David
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      Classic movie and the blu-ray is excellent! Very nice AV quality and many extra features.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I liked it. *spoiler alert*

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      carrie
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      Acting is classic and amazing. Cowboy makes friends with unlikely character, is sad when friend passes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Criterion

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      Deaducated
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      I liked it until I found out The Criterion Collection would be putting it out in a couple months.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      True classic!

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      gsloper
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      This is a great movie and now in great quality from Criterion!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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