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.
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.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: 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.