Midnight Cowboy script
Synopsis: Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he'll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a Dickensian layabout named Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The two form a rough alliance, and together they kick-start Joe's hustling career just as Ratso's health begins to deteriorate.

... continuing his song as he pulls up and zips his tight

thighed black slacks, freezing song and image for CREDITS.

INT. REMEMBERED BEAUTY PARLOR - ANOTHER TIME

SALLY BUCK, a pretty middle-aged blonde, smiles down at

camera,

SALLY BUCK:

You look real nice, Joe baby...

INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY

Joe sings as he pulls on his new cowboy boots, arranging his

cuffs to show off the yellow sunburst at the ankle, freezing

song and image for CREDITS.

INT. SUNSHINE CAFETERIA - DAY

The pink MANAGER scowls at his pocket watch.

MANAGER:

Where's that Joe Buck?

INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY

Joe hums as he piles a complete wardrobe of cowboy clothes,

still in their wrappers, into a shiny new suitcase of black

and white horsehide.

JOE:

Yeah, where's that Joe Buck?

INT. SUNSHINE CAFETERIA - DAY

Holding his watch, the Manager wags a finger at camera.

MANAGER:

You're due here at four o'clock.

Look at those dishes, look!

INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY

Joe laughs as he locks his suitcase.

JOE:

Know what you can do with those

dishes? And if you ain't man enough

to do it yourself, I'd be happy to

oblige...

Joe picks up his suitcase, a portable transistor radio, walks

away from the mirror, then pauses to run a comb through his

hair, hook a cigarette at the corner of his mouth and strike

a match on his thumbnail before he turns back for one

admiring glance at himself in the mirror -- proud, exultant,

ready -- freezing the image as CREDITS END.

EXT. TEXAS TOWN MAIN STREET - DAY

Joe leaves the hotel, carrying his suitcase.

INT. CAFETERIA SCULLERY - DAY

The pink Manager points at his watch angrily.

MANAGER:

Four to midnight, understand?

Angle widens to include Joe, holding his suitcase and radio.

Ralph stares at him curiously, stacking dishes.

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Waldo Salt

Waldo Miller Salt was an American screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses during the era of McCarthyism. He later won Academy Awards for Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home. more…

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