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VINE VOICEon 28 June 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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 February 2013
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It feels a little strange to rate such a depressing movie as "wonderful", but it really is. Midnight Cowboy is a gritty movie, and really not very pleasant in places. It shows what happens when an idealist with limited experience meets real city life, and the result isn't pretty. But, it's true. Even today, decades after Midnight Cowboy was made, young people still move to the big cities around the globe and end up being exploited as they slowly drift to towards a seedy underworld drugs, violence and prostitution. Great performances from Hoffman and Voight make this one of those 'classic' movies that you'll want to keep.
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on 13 January 2018
I enjoyed watching this film many years ago. However, I bought this for a friend who never tires of watching it - he enjoys it so much he can't help relaying parts of it to me every time he watches it - so I have given it five stars on his behalf.
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on 27 May 2014
this ground breaking film, adapted from the book by leo herlihy, is one of the great classics of all time - many great moments from the famous 'i'm walking here!' to the incomparable mr. o'daniel with his wrong end of the stick meeting with joe buck - not to mention the superb music, so much suggested with one four note phrase followed by the responsive four notes played a tone lower - and the gloomy hilarious "orange juice on ice" sequence - can't imagine never having seen it.
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on 27 May 2015
I bought this on a whim after remembering enjoying it 30 years ago.
It's an excellent film. One of those rare films that you can enjoy again in different ways at all those ten year steps through life.
It deserves to be more widely replayed in the modern day, but no doubt the gritty themes are too much for tv schedulers when not presented in an action or horror context.
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VINE VOICEon 12 July 2013
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. This is dark subject matter, but what shines through is the innocence of Joe and his struggle to be good in a hostile environment.

I moved to London without a job in the late 90s, and though I was looking for more respectable ways to make a living, some of the setbacks resonated. It's about the many faces of loneliness.
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on 14 October 2017
One of the seminal films of all time. Nearly half a century on, it remains a beacon of superb direction by Schlesinger, unforgettable characterisation by Hoffman and Voight, and a superb, innovative piece of film-making which richly deserved all its Oscars. However many times you watch it, the pathos of the final scenes are always a hit in the solar plexus.
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on 17 September 2015
One of the best films ever made, in my view. Hoffman's acting (is it really the same young guy in The Graduate?) has never been bettered. An understated love story between 2 men trapped in urban poverty. Fine acting all round and a beautiful score. What else could you want?
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on 23 October 2017
Brilliant film and performances. I remember on first release and was so pleased to make contact with it again
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on 25 August 2016
Had not seen this film since I was about 20 (in my 60's now) still a brilliant film and the music score is haunting.
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