Summary: 'Midnight Cowboy' is the story of one Texan man's ambition to become a male prostitute in New York City. Things can't go anywhere but down, when that is your starting goal. This is a bleak film with no redemption. I liked it for that reason. The first half represents this well. The events in the second half progressively worsen for the two main characters. I lost interest through this area till the the finale that contained no resolution.
Summary: A gritty, unrelenting look at life in New York City (a character just as important as Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in the context of the film). It will leave you a bit depressed but it will also leave a remarkable impact. Worthy of its Oscar win.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: This film is and incredibly powerful and difficult experience. Voight and Hoffman are superb but its so unrelentingly depressing it can hardly be called an "enjoyable" experience! A film everyone must see, if only once.
Excerpt: The story still delivers. Just an incredible story and production. Print debris and grain add up to a theater like film experience. Thank you MGM for helping to weed out the eye candy seekers!
Summary: This is a gritty and fascinating story of survival, set in the urban busyness of New York City. Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman vanish into their roles, creating two memorable characters who find an odd friendship, despite being nearly polar opposites.
Summary: A farm boy (Voight) moves to New York to be a male escort and meets up with a small-time hustler (Hoffman). They become the bestest of friends. Life is rough, they are poor, things are gritty. There's a fun song that plays through the whole thing that WILL get stuck in your head for a very long time. It's SAD. Jon Voight looks like Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Dustin Hoffman is grimy as. Pretty good.
I ain't a for real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!
3 June 2011
Excerpt: What more can be said--that already hasn't been said about this red-blooded American classic? I first saw it on VHS as a young man, and even on such a limited format--the acting, the direction and the superb cinematography--all came shining through. These are from the heart performances. The actors are inseparable from the character. The film also serves as a wonderful time-capsule of the era in which it was made (1969) in old New York.
Excerpt: Great film. The word classic is somewhat overused, but Midnight Cowboy is a classic in the true sense of the word. Hoffman's portrayal of Ratso Rizzo gets better with each and every viewing. IMO, his best work. I can understand it's original 'X' rating, by the standards of when it was first released. It is somewhat tame compared to some of the other fare released today. It shows how morals and standards have changed. The PQ leaves a bit to be desired.
Excerpt: This is a great film...acting, directing, emotion, music...this piece has it all. Everything to be wonderful except the kind of restoration and mastering a classic deserves. This baby is over 40 years old and should have been given better treatment by the studio before this release, The video is passable and the audio slightly better, but neither will wow you. The $10 price point is great, but the product is blah + (hence the 3.0 overall rating).