Midnight Cowboy (Blu-ray)

Directed By: John Schlesinger Starring: Dustin Hoffman Jon Voight

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Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 224614575
UPC 883904240044
UPC 14 00883904240044
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
Rating Rating
Big City
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Joe Buck (Jon Voight), an aspiring male prostitute from Texas, heads to Manhattan where he hopes to find plenty of wealthy women willing to pay for the services of a handsome man. When he arrives, the naive country boy befriends Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a tubercular homeless con artist who dreams of moving to Florida. As they go about trying to get the money Ratso needs, the two men confront the seediness, corruption, and cruelty that flourish in the big city. ^Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy, this Oscar-winning film (Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay) features brilliant performances by Voight and Hoffman, and brings to the screen an unusually gritty realism in its portrayal of the streets of New York City.
Plot Summary
Summary Originally rated X, this exceptional film based on James Leo Herlihy's novel centers on a naive, small-town Texan who comes to New York to become a paid stud. He forms a unique relationship with a slimy con man who becomes his closest friend, and ultimately, the key to his salvation. The film depicts New York at its absolute grittiest, and features a very memorable soundtrack. Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Actor--both Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
Entertainment Weekly "...[The performances] have lost none of their magic....[They show us] characters who have nothing to offer the audience but their own lost souls." -- Rating: A- 03/11/1994 p.42
Los Angeles Times "...What knocked people out 25 years ago, the parallel performances of Voight and Hoffman, still have the power today..." 02/20/1994 p.F3
USA Today "...The '69 Oscar-winner seems fresher than ever..." 03/06/1992 p.3D
Premiere "[T]his is a story of dreams unfulfilled, and Hoffman' pathetic street rat, both hilarious and heartbreakingly sad, becomes a kind of tragic hero." 04/01/2004 p.66
Rolling Stone "[A] haunting 1969 classic about a conflicted connection between a naïve Texan hustler and a sickly Bronx-born scammer." 02/23/2006 p.74
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "The elegiac ending offers one of the most tender, understated goodbyes in American cinema." 06/01/2011
John Schlesinger
Dustin Hoffman
Jon Voight
Cast & Crew
Dustin Hoffman - Star
Viva - Star
Paul Morrissey - Star
Barnard Hughes - Star
Sylvia Miles - Star
John McGiver - Star
Ruth White - Star
Bob Balaban - Star
Brenda Vaccaro - Star
Jon Voight - Star
Hugh A. Robertson - Editor
Jerome Hellman - Producer
Dick Smith - Special Effects
John Barry - Composer
John Robert Lloyd - Production Designer
James Leo Herlihy - Story
John Schlesinger - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1969
UPC 00883904240044
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Name John Schlesinger
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1969
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Waldo Salt
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1969
Award Giver Academy Awards
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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