Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Drama, Western

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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight
Length: 113 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 38 out of 374 found boring (10.16%)

One-line Reviews (147)

You see, Joe Buck's got some great plans inside that empty, young head his.

One scene I found that went on way too long was the crazy 60's party scene, although it established the tone for the time and NYC life (although some would probably argue that it's STILL this way).

It is a good, solid film, and an emotionally enjoyable one, even if what it says about humanity is rather plain.

Midnight Cowboy is so provocative and compelling it takes us beyond that point.

Moreover Joe and Rizzo live largely on the edge of society.

Director John Schlesinger offers a vivid evocation of the seedier side of the Big Apple, sees the fragile wounded humanity in the down and out main characters despite the cruel and sordid urban cesspool they reside in, and astutely captures the freaky low-rent underbelly of American culture that's fascinating in its grimy despair.

More obscure and fascinating are the many scenes where Joe encounters homosexuals, each so pathetic and self-loathing they would excite gay protests if they appeared on screen today.

This movie bored me to anger.


The idea of the shattered "American Dream" as portrayed is poignant, emotive and compelling.

There are many things in the film I still don't understand (I've seen it twice), and it makes for an emotionally confusing film.

Funny, entertaining, and sad, this film is one of the classics of its generation.

This film was worth watching for historical purposes.

The 1969 dramatic film, "Midnight Cowboy" by John Schlesinger is a very compelling movie.

Of course, most critics praise the banality as realism, again showing what the carrying of even a pocket dictionary could do to ameliorate film criticism.

It is fascinating.

Using words like "gritty" to describe a movie became trite only AFTER they were used properly.

Fascinating downer about a would-be male hustler in New York City forced to live in a condemned building with a crippled con-man.

Small, micro flashbacks interspersed in current events, such as when he was bored on the bus trip to New York and thinking about what he was leaving behind.

I've watched several movies from the 1960s and 70s recently and am surprised dismayed at how slow they now seem.

The relationship the two are destined to forge becomes one of the oddest, most fascinating pairings since George and Lenny in "Of Mice and Men.

The only drawback is the confusing scene where Buck attempts to meet a client.

They'll develop a likable friendship , helping themselves in the various misfortunes and distresses until the sensitive and exciting ending .

Hoffman is fantastic as the cripple with the knowledge of conning, and Voight is also fantastic as the naive male prostitute who can be slow, both are matched brilliantly as pretty much opposites, and the direction by Schlesinger is well executed.

The mixture of comedy, fierce anger at society and sexual confusion help to make them such meaningful and deep characters.

I use that term to describe the director because much of the film is pedestrian, in what occurs, how it is interpreted by the actors, and in its routine banality.

These odd people all demonstrate that vivid color is often hidden in all the gray squalor and the overall effect is often disturbing but always intriguing.

A fun fast paced movie with a heart felt climax.

What I did see was an incredibly complex and involved character study interwoven with stunning cinematography that is as unique as the film itself.

Stunning performances and I really loved the dialogue.

Once at the diner to say his goodbyes, he's seen to profoundly stand out amidst the drab, white clothing of the workers occupying the space with him.

John Schlesinger's flashy directing is clever but distracting, and the intrusive flashbacks are confusing.

I found that it was impossible to turn away from the film, even for a minute because Schlesinger's pace and direction are absolutely compelling.

Otherwise, some might feel bored especially youth.

The film's direction is masterful; the casting is perfect; the acting is top notch; the script is crisp and cogent; the cinematography is engaging; and the music enhances all of the above.

The story was nonexistent, the acting was bad, the scenes were so stupid so as to be unbelievable, and the ending so predictable so as to be an anti-climax.

Rather, its plumbing of our emotional depths is what leaves us feeling empty and grateful at the same time.

The fascinating Sylvia Miles is unforgettable as the Park Avenue matron who utilizes Voight's services with hysterical results.

The way the two characters with opposite personalities are drawn together makes entertaining viewing, and the film has a emotional and heartfelt ending, as Joe hugs the body of his dead friend on the coach.

It's not the first time they've worked together in lead roles, but the chemistry is so thick and intense.

Wonderfully engaging and emotional drama.

Bored .

The narrative quickly becomes quite dull thanks to this and the poor character development and it only leads to an ending that would be more in place in an exploitative daytime TV weepy than "one of the best etc".

--We have drugged confusion.

Stunning movie with an exceptional starring couple .

What a waste of time.

I popped the tape in the VCR and proceeded to waste 2+ hours of my time on this piece of crap.

The fascinating thing in this film, though, is the flashbacks that Joe Buck has of his previous life in Texas.

'Midnight Cowboy' tells the story of Joe Buck (John Voight), a Texas greenhorn that, bored with his life in the countryside, decides to move to New York and work as a hustler.

Above average and well worth watching .

I found it predictable, and the characters as did that done that before.

Midnight Cowboy is a fascinating story, brimming with the countless, memorable occurrences showing the spiralling downfall of a life that was destined to end in sadness.

The film flows well and I felt it was told at an even pace, the journey that the two men make was funny, heartbreaking, interesting, moving and on the odd occasion disturbing, but all this is done in a way that is both interesting and engaging.

Movies like this, with so much to take in, are enjoyable because you never tire of watching them.

The whole film was just a story with no lesson, no message, no cultural significance.

The flashbacks and dream sequences are quite pretentious, and get annoying and confusing at times.

It may seem tame now by today's rating scale, but, all that aside, this movie will hold its own as one of Hollywood's most compelling character studies for decades to come.

The flashback and dream sequences helped develop the characters and show some of their inner thoughts, but I found some of them to be confusing.

Stunning performances in a darkly compelling story.

He longs for exciting adventure and looks to "score" with the ladies.

Everything about this film is brilliant, from the poignant performances from Voight and Hoffman (even though I know this movie well, I still find myself welling up every time Voight flashes one of his innocently pained looks, or Hoffman coughs in his sickly and ominous way) to the stunning cinematography and superbly edited dream sequences.

The use of mirrors in the film, especially when Joe makes the quick turns at his reflection, hammers home the self indulgent fixation he has.

It seems people categorize this film as one of two things: either a pretentious movie that's only good for its shock value (at the time, New Hollywood etc.) OR an incredibly sad "realistic" fact- of- life type of drama.

We watch a big dumb man (Jon Voight) and a tiny cripple (Dustin Hoffman) as they wander about New York, working together to stay alive in an increasingly confusing world.

" Midnight Cowboy possesses a depth (despite Jon Voight's so-called 'bland' performance) which stirs the soul.

The two main heroes live on the edge of the Big Apple society, trying to make a living in the masculine version of the oldest profession in the world supplemented by a semi-homeless life and small robberies.

Just seeing John Voight and Dustin Hoffman in their prime is very entertaining.

However, this acts as a good setup for the flights of fancy and supposed recollection that litter the film, even if the pedestrian-ness of the bulk of the film is rather banal.

They live in an empty and very filthy apartment.

Riveting from beginning to end, director John Schlesinger and screenwriter Waldo Salt create a bleak vision of life as two losers team up and become...

Anyway an entertaining movie of male bonding .

Even within the first few minutes, Joe is looking into the window of an empty beauty parlor, reflecting on his childhood with his grandmother.

It's more a film that is a joint character study--an unpleasant but oddly fascinating one.

This movie is simply a tremendous waste of time.

I was really bored through out this movie, I did not really like the story at all.

A lot of these bizarre scenes caught me off guard but made for some of the most visually fascinating moments of the whole film.

This unexpected subplot increased my enjoyment tremendously.

Disney productions, with all their contrived sentimentality, can't come close to expressing these feelings with such power and vigor.

Their Journey is shocking, stunning & very brave.

Essentially it is about a naive young Texan who tries to find his fortune by becoming a giggolo in New York mistakenly in the belief that there are thousands of wealthy bored housewives gagging to pay for sex.

These round characters were life-like, believable, and unpredictable through their actions as two men that are attempting to make a living in New York City as controversial con artists and prostitutes that use people for their wealth and pleasure in order to survive.

Directed by a Brit: John Schlesinger whose International eye for NY and the tawdry but fascinating life of USA 1969 has allowed this film to be as great as it is, only made one other great American films and that is the equally tangible and shocking Hollywood pit of 1937 called DAY OF THE LOCUST.

Schlesinger does a wonderful job of creating a compelling story about companionship utilizing unique cinema graphic and sound editing techniques (like changing color shots to black and white) including reflective camera angles, montages and flashback scenes.

It's easy to see what seduced the members of the jury to bestow this gem from John Schlesinger with actually three golden statuettes but today this X certificate seems quite pointless.

It is an engrossing study of marginalized people in a harsh environment.

Perhaps it was considered Oscar worthy because it jumped all over the place, had no story, and involved generally ignored or disregarded topics.

I felt that the storyline of this film was intense, and i was blown away by the acting of both Dustin Hoffman and John Voight.

You get to see a man try and follow his heart and meet a man in the EXACT same situation only to see a slow and sad downfall.

7.9/10 - The film is peppered with flashback sequences which don't quite work, but the performances are excellent and Voight and Hoffman are riveting to watch.

Though many might find the con man and scheming ways of living along with the sex scenes a turnoff to this film, still it's story is great as the chemistry between the two leads make it enjoyable and it blends well with humor and life experience which lead to a tragic end making it more memorable.

I found Midnight Cowboy to overall engaging and moving in many parts.

Their duo is very fascinating because they are living together in a condemned apartment and are fighting to survive.

His portrayal of Ratzo is stunning.

Another aspect very 1960's is the way director John Schlesinger and his team use sound and image to tell this story in ways that feel exciting and daring, especially from our modern vantage point, where, sadly, many of these techniques - such as crosscutting, montage - seem to have worked their way out of movie makers' vocabulary.

Right from the moment Joe sets off to New York to the rather moving end, this is a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Joe Buck (VOIGHT) a naive Texan stud comes to New York to make it rich by entertaining women.

Regardless, the story about friendship and what a person will do to survive and do for another person is compelling.

The overall theme of the film was very compelling and heart felt.

Naïve Texas cowboy Joe Buck (a fine and engaging performance by Jon Voight) goes to New York City with the specific ambition of becoming a successful gigolo.

The acting is hokey, the editing is sloppy and the music is repetitive and annoying.

"Midnight Cowboy" is a simple American film like no other, it's a coming of age story as well as the disillusionment of the reoccurring American Dream.

Enhanced with the stunning array of film-making glory, tremendous story-telling techniques, punched through a flawless script and some of the most tremendous acting you're ever going to see.

" to the taxi driver), sad in places (the final scenes), and very weird in places (that woman and the toy mouse, as well as the party), but above all is tremendously entertaining to watch.

It lacks the type of action and explicit drawn out sex scenes that would be demanded of the story were it made today, and thathas allowed it to be a better movie.

The acting was very good, but I felt like the characters were undeveloped and the story went nowhere.

I would give this a 10 on a scale of 10 and highly recommend it.

) I found the film depressing and through periods boring.

It's raw, painful, and realistic but very entertaining.

The pair end up desperate to survive on the dreary and dark streets of NY.

A really awful film, full of dull characters and writing.

A very Raw, very realistic and engaging peek into life in 1960s New York .

The acting of Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight with the offbeat subject matter makes in an entertaining watch.

And yet, it's pure genius, solid, captivating, memorable, compelling.

There might have been one or two flashback scenes that I could see as slightly problematic, but because they are so varied and disjointed in how Joe sees the world, the images may symbolize different things to different people.

Befriended by a lame con-man (DUSTIN Hoffman), he goes through a series of serio-comic adventures that leave him disillusioned and bitter, ready to leave the confines of a cold water flat for the sunshine promised in Florida, a land his friend "Ratzo" dreams of living in.

In a film about a young man initially trying to hook up with as many girls as possible, it is interesting how Midnight Cowboy manifests into this burning and intriguing drama about two men.

Gritty, thought-provoking and intensely fascinating, 'Midnight Cowboy' is one for the ages.

Watching the movie "Midnight Cowboy" today you come to realize that not only isn't it all that great to begin with having a dumb and dumber, Ratso & Joe, cast of characters as well as a number of mindless and confusing flashbacks only put in to pad it's running time of almost two hours.

Superb - engaging, emotional drama .

The movie takes the viewer through a series of rapid disorganized flashbacks for Joe that brilliantly display his confusion and isolation to New York City's always changing culture and people.

Not only does Midnight Cowboy remain iconic, but it also remains a fascinating and hugely influential portrayal of a sadly misguided life.

And Dustin Hoffman is, to use a trite phrase, at the heights of his powers.

Special mention to soundtrack by John Barry , the score is riveting and Willie Nelson's songs are awesome .

Rizzo and Buck's sincerity make these glitterati seem like pretentious posers.

Overall great film one of the 60's best it showcased that life is a journey and it proves that unexpected friendship can happen even if it involves the clashing of two different cultures.

Honest dialogue, profound and absorbing story, heart-shattering conclusion, "Midnight Cowboy" is a film that will leave an impact on you forever.

Forty years ago, as a very young man, I found this film fascinating, too.

To make it even worse it was predictable, there was no shocking twist.

But, somehow it left me empty.

Worth watching at least 2 or 3 times to soak up all the many, many details you'll miss in the first viewing!

Very dark, disturbing yet fascinating movie.

It is such a rarity for a film to provoke such intense emotions and thoughts like this film does, it leaves a sharp impact.

Very compelling and sensationally creative film that I highly recommend.

The way that their humanity was shown was rather compelling.

Recently I also went to NY and found that as fascinating for I felt NY was completely safe and totally unlike the squalor seen in their lives in the film.

Let yourself get immersed, and you will be changed.

It is a stunning and a drain of a Movie.

I had thought that he would have some success in his aim but what happens is neither predictable nor pleasing.

I think what is so evocative about this movie and what resonates with everyone who sees it, is that it is merely about friendship and the connections that all us, even the most lowly and desperate, make in this life.

But that does not matter since this movie is able to produce strange, unforeseen and intense emotions.

John Schlesinger has made a stunning classic that has not aged with an unpleasant story using magnificent screenplay and outstanding cast led by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.

Jon Voigt and Dustin Hoffman deserved their Oscar nominations for playing the dull-witted would-be gigolo and the greasy small-time con man respectively.

Hoffman and Voight draw the viewer into an intense NYC atmosphere of the 60s.

Riveting direction.

To the generation who grew up with the global conflicts and government scandals of the 1960s, an intense questioning of morals became necessary.

It is influenced by the French New Wave; Joe's disassociation are emotionally gripping as they are narrative incoherent.

All of that makes this film a worth watching classic.