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Midnight Cowboy [DVD] [1969]

Dustin Hoffman , Jon Voight , John Schlesinger    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: James Leo Herlihy, Waldo Salt
  • Producers: Jerome Hellman, Kenneth Utt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,001 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The first, and only, X-rated film to win a best picture Academy Award, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy seems a lot less daring today (and has been reclassified as an R), but remains a fascinating time capsule of late-1960s sexual decadence in mainstream American cinema. In a career-making performance, Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a naive Texas dishwasher who goes to the big city (New York) to make his fortune as a sexual hustler. Although enthusiastic about selling himself to rich ladies for stud services, he quickly finds it hard to make a living and eventually crashes in a seedy dump with a crippled petty thief named Ratzo Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman, doing one of his more effective "stupid acting tricks," with a limp and a high-pitch rasp of a voice). Schlesinger's quick-cut, semi-psychedelic style has dated severely, as has his ruthlessly cynical approach to almost everybody but the lead characters. But at its heart the movie is a sad tale of friendship between a couple of losers lost in the big city, and with an ending no studio would approve today. It's a bit like an urban Of Mice and Men, but where both guys are Lenny. --Jim Emerson

Product Description

DVD Special Features

8 page booklet revealing an insight into the making of the film
Chapter Search
Original Theatrical Trailer
Soundtrack: English/German/Spanish/French/Italian
Subtitles: English/German/Spanish/Dutch/Finnish/Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Portuguese/French/Italian/Hard of Hearing - English

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fusion of great directing and acting 19 Nov 2002
By A Customer
This film is proof of what a great cast and director can do when inspired by a great script. Jon Voight (in his first major feature) is superb as Joe Buck, the naive twentysomething who comes to New York to seek his fortune by becoming a gigolo to the wealthy women of NYC. Invariably the dream goes sour, especially after he is ripped off by con man Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman) who eventually see's Joe as a lost soul just like him and a friendship forms. Voight is terrific and it is a shame that he now plays a Hollywood 'Rent a Villain' when he is capable of a performance like this. Hoffman too is fantastic and brilliantly grubby as the underclass who is suffering from TB. As a snapshot of the 60s Scheslinger portrays a New York that is both wealthy yet contains abject poverty. His location shooting of the city is atmospheric in a way that only Scorsese has since been able to capture (in Taxi Driver). Overall a film that is both poignant, political (remember the civil unrest in the country at the time) and a study of humanity in the face of abject misery and suffering. A classic film that uses its musical soundtrack brilliantly to get just the right feel to each scene. Incidentally, considering that the two stars and the director are still alive (as is Brenda Vaccaro in a small but important role as one of Joe's 'clients'), why don't MGM go to town and put together a definitive version of this DVD with commetaries etc? It would be well worth it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy, indeed! 28 Nov 2011
One of my favourite films. Waited so long for this Bluray release. As the others have said, don't waste your time and money. The picture quality is the same as the regular DVD. Film studios should not be allowed to get away with this sort of deception.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING... GIVE IT RESPECT!! 25 April 2005
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Absolute class. From the crisp acting to the passionate directing John Schlesinger's moving adaptation of James Herlihy's bestseller is a movie that stuns and amuses to great extent. Dustin Hoffman is brilliant as a small time con man with big dreams of the Florida high life, and Jon Voight proves his acting talent as a Texan with dreams of his own, and as they wind their friendship through 'get rich quick' schemes and the sleazy side of the big apple, this film has emerged as a cult classic, with a top notch soundtrack, an unforgettable ending. And the all round pure heart that should be embodied into every film. It is an overlooked masterpiece and one of the best productions of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real masterpiece 2 Aug 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Midnight cowboy is a film that runs through a good range of emotions,its a film that is ultimately tragic,a film with good laughs,poignant,reflective,thrilling and is a coming of age drama as well.Its a film that was released in 1969,won an oscar and both dustin hoffman and jon voight were nominated for best oscar awards.

Jon Voight plays joe buck who has dreams of moving to new york and makinghis fortune but he is a naive country fellow,and he meets hoffman who plays ricco who represents the slime of society that lie in the underbelly of new york.

Eventually through a series of events these two become friends and undertake a series of plots to make themselves money but find out that nothing is easy regardless of whether you have nothing to lose.

The film is iconic and has a good soundtrack and this film is both spoofed and tributed in film in the years that followed.Its a film that gets better with repeated watches so if you want a film that stirs the emotions then this is one of the all time greats.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Blu-ray Quality- Keep your DVD! 10 May 2011
By Robert
I stupidly sold my nice Steelbook 2 disc DVD recently before this Blu-ray was released. I expected a breathtaking transfer that would be an improvement on the DVD but it isn't- there's no difference! Fox have wasted time and money doing this. Also unlike on most Blu-rays when I chose the special features I could only select them while the film was playing! When I inserted the disc the film started playing and there is no still menu so a total disaster of a release!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd watched this years ago 1 Feb 2008
By Tonkfan
Not only did I see this film for the first time just a couple of weeks ago, but I was fortunate enough to know hardly anything about it, other than the two lead actors and the fact that it always seem to appear on any 'films to see before you die' lists.

Shame on me - this is a fantastic film, unsettling, deeply sad, with two amazing central performances from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

I'm not sure whether I could ever watch it again, as it was emotionally draining, and that's the only reason why I haven't given it 5 stars.

However, this is one of the most moving and powerful films I have ever seen and two weeks on, I feel compelled to put electronic pen to paper.

It genuinely is a film to see before you die.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars - what more can be said 1 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As with the majority of reviews on here, Midnight Cowboy is worthy of five stars. Seeing this for the first time, years after it's initial release, I can only agree that every scene in this film is a gem. The accompanying music fits in very well with each scene. The direction and acting are first class.
Well worth a re-watch sometime!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still impressive 28 Jun 2011
Famed for being the only `X-rated' movie to win an Oscar, this bleak drama, dotted with moments of dark humour, has lost nothing since it was released in 1969.

Joe Buck (Jon Voight) is young, handsome and tired of his dead-end job washing dishes in a Texan diner, so he splashes out on some cowboy-style duds and heads to New York. There he intends to make a good living as a `Hustler', servicing the horizontal needs of bored, rich women.

Unfortunately, his youth and enthusiasm are matched by his naivety and he soon finds himself homeless and a frequent victim of all manner of low-life and weirdo. A mutual dependency develops between himself and one such character, Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a limping, greasy consumptive, who dreams of finding health and popularity in the fabled sun-drenched land of Florida.

Joe's own dreams are gradually eroded as he slides into male prostitution and he is haunted by memories of his insecure childhood, when he was abandoned into the care of his lascivious grandmother and of a recent terrifying ordeal which parted him from the girl he loved.

Joe is fundamentally a decent guy, but to survive he must do indecent things, including violence. The pitiful Rizzo is both his tormentor and helper, who unwittingly prevents Joe from attaining his dream at the very moment it is to be realised.

Similarly, Rizzo's own dream is taken from him at the moment of attainment, leaving Joe a frightened but wiser man.

This is a seminal movie from what was a newly-emerging style of American film-making, which had begun to cast off the sunny optimism of post-war cinema and tackle darker, grittier themes.

DVD picture quality is good but volume drops for about 20 mins at around the halfway point. Also the booklet referred to in the product description was not included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, I'm walking here
A weird yet wonderful late 60s film, Dustin Hoffman is fantastic as usual and Jon Voight has never managed to top this film
Published 4 days ago by G. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
midnight cowboy , i remember it from when it came out , great movie , amazon do a very good job , and is so helpful ordering online , as i aint lazy , but because of health issues... Read more
Published 6 days ago by john james
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved the film
Always loved the film - especially Dustin's Hoffman's performance. The cinema Reserve Edition in it's nice tin cover enhances the whole experience.
Published 16 days ago by Trevor Galvin
5.0 out of 5 stars once again Hoffman is at his best
what a versatile actor Hoffman is. He is brilliant in this film. Loved it. Very sad ending though. Would recommend to anyone.
Published 23 days ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better 50 years on.
I saw this film as a teenager and loved it then. Was prepared to be disappointed but enjoyed it even more 50 years on.Wonderful performances by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.
Published 2 months ago by Jill Hyem.
5.0 out of 5 stars very original and real film
very impressing details of the way of life for humans with some spells of sunshine and desire of
surviving the dark dide of the life
Published 3 months ago by angelo .incorvaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Saw this when it first came out and it did not disappoint on second real viewing. Very sad and soulful.
Published 4 months ago by j22
5.0 out of 5 stars HD upgrade is worth it for this classic....
the master reels to this film are in a bad way... some low light scenes are poor. The HD transfer gives a superior colour saturation so that this film finally looks as close to a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Johan RF
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Dustin Hoffman became the star he is !
Saw this film when I was 17 and it just made me see true life around me and I felt grown up instantly, good directing from a British director sadly no longer with us ! Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. Baines
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant scriptwriting
I was taken aback by this film, but it's beautifully done. The way character Joe Buck's character is revealed on the Greyhound bus trip to New York is wonderful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by William Cohen
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