Midnight Cowboy

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.
Genre: Drama
Production: United Artists
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 15 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Metacritic:
79
Rotten Tomatoes:
90%
R
Year:
1969
113 min
Website
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EXT. SALLY BUCK'S BEAUTY SALON - DAY

... a gilt-lettered sign in the window, glittering in the

sun, momentarily hiding the fact that the shop is deserted.

Joe grins as he hears remembered sounds and voices incomplete

flashes, more significant in tone than content a girl

giggling sexily -- "Keep your meat hooks off my beauty

operators, sugar" -- tinkling noises of a busy beauty parlor

- Sally Buck singing "Hush, little baby, don't say a word,

Grammaw gonna buy you a mockingbird..."

... a shift of light revealing a row of tarnished driers, a

broken mirror, a FOR RENT sign in the window. Joe turns

toward the bus depot, radio pressed to his ear.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE

Benson and Hedges One Hundreds

makes special awards from time to

time for anything that's longer

than anything...

JOE:

Care to get out your yardstick,

gentlemen?

At the same moment, a recognizable variant of the "Big

Country" theme blares loud.

INTERCUT WESTERN FILM CLIP

Gary Cooper (or John Wayne) walks a frontier street.

EXT. BUS DEPOT - DAY

High angle of the departing bus, intercut "Big Country"

fashion, alternating high shots with close-ups of the bus

wheals.

EXT. FREEWAY CLOVERLEAF - DAY

Through the bus windshield -- a dizzying montage of traffic

lines, arrows and signs as the bus sweeps around and up onto

the freeway.

INT. BUS - DAY

Joe sits at the front, opposite the driver, cracking his gum

as he watches the huge billboards streaking by, promising him

power, happiness and beautiful women if he chooses the right

breakfast food, hair oil or automobile. Joe listens to the

humming tires, the roar of the engine, shaking his head.

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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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