Midnight Cowboy (Region 1 DVD)

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Product Details

Barcode
715515215411
Department
Movies & TV
Released
29 May 2018
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 1
Studio
Criterion Collection Inc
Runtime
173 min
Age Restriction
R
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Midnight Cowboy
Tagline
For those who have never seen it and those who have never forgotten it.
Release Year
1969
Running Time
113 min
Categories
Dramas / Big City / Buddies / Character Study / Classic / Disturbing / Essential Cinema / Friends / Gay/Lesbian / Illness / Lowlife / Prostitution / Recommended / Scams And Cons / Theatrical Release
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Budget
$3.6 million
US Box Office
$44.0 million
Revenue
$44.8 million
Official Website
https://www.mgm.com/#/our-titles/1251/Midnight-Cowboy
Ratings
IMDb
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes®
87%
Metacritic
79
The Movie DB
75%
Overview
Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.
Synopsis
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.
Notes
Theatrical release: 1969.

Shot in Technicolor.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.

Director John Schlesinger originally wanted actor Michael Sarrazin for the Joe Buck role, but he was already committed to THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

MIDNIGHT COWBOY was Dustin Hoffman's first film after his star-making turn in THE GRADUATE. To achieve that distinctive Ratso Rizzo limp, Hoffman placed pebbles in his shoes.

"Everybody's Talkin'" was featured on Harry Nilsson's 1968 album AERIAL BALLET. Nilsson's intended theme for COWBOY was "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City," written by Nilsson specifically for the film.

The film was named one of the year's 10 Best English-language films by the National Board of Review, one of the year's 10 best foreign films by Japan's Kinema Jumpo, and the best non-European film of 1970 by Denmark's Bodil awards.

Schlesinger received best foreign director of 1969-70 from two Italian awards, the Davids and the Silver Ribbons.

Hoffman was named best actor of 1969-70 by Italy's David Awards.

Voight was named Best Actor by the New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics.

A restored print of MIDNIGHT COWBOY was re-released to theaters in late February 1994 to commemorate the film's 25th anniversary.

COWBOY was the first major studio release to sport an X rating and was the first X-rated film to win the Best Picture Academy Award. It was re-rated R by the MPAA in 1971.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region [unknown]
Poster
Poster for Midnight Cowboy
Videos
Trailer
Midnight Cowboy Official Trailer #1 - Dustin Hoffman Movie (1969)
Featurette
Jon Voight on Working with Director John Schlesinger on Midnight Cowboy
Featurette
"Midnight Cowboy" Radio Spots (1969 - United Artists)
Featurette
Don Adams in Midnight Cowboy 1970
Featurette
'Midnight Cowboy' | Critics' Picks | The New York Times
Cast & Crew
Director
John Schlesinger
Star
Dustin Hoffman / Bob Balaban / Barnard Hughes / John McGiver / Sylvia Miles / Paul Morrissey / Brenda Vaccaro / Viva / Jon Voight / Ruth White
Co-Star
Jennifer Salt / Gilman Rankin / Gary Owens / M. Emmet Walsh
Screenwriter
Waldo Salt
Source Writer
James Leo Herlihy / Author: James Leo Herlihy
Composer
John Barry
Producer
Jerome Hellman
Special Effects
Dick Smith
Director of Photography
Adam Holender
Editor
Hugh A. Robertson
Production Designer
John Robert Lloyd
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Story
James Leo Herlihy
Movie Critics
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-
Owen Gleiberman (11 Mar 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..."
Kenneth Turan (20 Feb 1994, p.F3)
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."
Premiere Staff (1 Apr 2004, p.66)
Rolling Stone
"[A] haunting 1969 classic about a conflicted connection between a naïve Texan hustler and a sickly Bronx-born scammer."
Barry Walters (23 Feb 2006, p.74)
Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "The elegiac ending offers one of the most tender, understated goodbyes in American cinema."
Total Film Staff (1 Jun 2011, )
USA Today
"...The '69 Oscar-winner seems fresher than ever..."
Mike Clark (6 Mar 1992, p.3D)
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Awards

Academy Awards
Best Picture
Winner: 1969
Best Director
Winner: 1969 - John Schlesinger
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: 1969 - Waldo Salt