Midnight Cowboy [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Midnight Cowboy [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: John Schlesinger Cast: Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
, Jon Voight
Jon Voight
, John McGiver
John McGiver
, Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
John Schlesinger
Midnight Cowboy [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Midnight Cowboy [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: John Schlesinger Cast: Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
, Jon Voight
Jon Voight
, John McGiver
John McGiver
, Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
John Schlesinger

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Joe Buck (John Voight) is the naive Texas dishwasher who leaves his tiny town for a life as a male prostitute in New York City. He quits his job and gets on a northbound bus. The rural rube encounters the brassy Cass (Sylvia Miles) and believes he has his first paying customer, but the Jewish princess brings out the crying towel in mock humiliation. Joe ends up giving her money for cab fare as his experience foreshadows other demoralizing events. He meets local street hustler Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) who relieves Joe of some more cash and sends him to the demented religious fanatic O'Daniel (John McGiver). Joe is horrified to learn O'Daniel is not a pimp and flees his seedy apartment. Wandering the cold, lonely streets, Joe is amazed that a dead man on the sidewalk draws no attention or interest from the locals. He meets up with the conniving Ratso and threatens to kill him if he doesn't return the money. Ratso gives Joe a place to stay in a condemned apartment building where the two scrounge for survival as winter approaches. Joe is reduced to allowing himself to be used for homosexual sex and a young college student fails to pay for his services. Ratso and Joe attend a trendy, drug soaked Manhattan party where he meets the stoned Shirley (Brenda Vaccaro), who pays Joe double the asking price for his sexual services. Ratso is already a cripple who finds his health worsening with the arrival of winter. Joe returns Ratso's kindness by vowing to take the ailing petty thief to Miami. While Ratso dreams of sun, fun and bikini clad women, Joe encounters a simpering, middle-aged homosexual from Chicago in town for a convention. He asks the man for money but is far short of the amount needed for two-one way trips to Florida on the Greyhound bus. Joe knocks out the man's dentures and sticks telephone receiver down the man's throat. By now Ratso is convinced he will be preyed upon in the mean streets of New York if he doesn't get to warm weather soon. Midnight Cowboy won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best screenplay (Waldo Salt) and Best Director (John Schlesinger). Hoffman, Voight, and Miles were nominated for their performances. Fred Neil's song "Everybody's Talking" was a smash for Nillson. Warren Zevon wrote a song, and The Group and Elephant's Memory also contributed to the memorable soundtrack. The film was rated X at the time and it the only X rated feature to win the Academy Award.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2018
UPC: 0715515215312
Original Release: 1969
Rating: R
Language: English
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 3,537

Special Features

New 4k Digital restoration, approved by Cinematographer Adam Holender, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Alternate 5.1 surround DTS0-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 1991 featuring Director John Schlesinger and Producer Jerome Hellman; New video essay with Commentary by Holender; New photo gallery with Commentary by Photographer Michael Childers; The Crowd Around the Cowboy, a 1969 short film made on location for Midnight Cowboy; Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey, an Academy Award-nominated documentary film from 1990 by Eugene Corr and Robert Hillmann; Two short documentaries from 2004 on the making and release of Midnight Cowboy; Interview with actor Jon Voight on The David Frost Show from 1970; Voight's original screen test; Interview from 2000 with Schlesinger for BAFTA Los Angeles; Excerpts from the 2002 BAFTA Los Angeles tribute to Schlesinger ; Trailer; Plus: An essay by critic Mark Harris

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Ratso Rizzo
Jon Voight Joe Buck
John McGiver O'Daniel
Brenda Vaccaro Shirley
Ruth White Sally Buck
Barnard Hughes Towny
Sylvia Miles Cass
Viva Gretel
Jennifer Salt Annie
Gil Rankin Woodsy Niles,Woodsy Niles - Texas
Gary Owens Little Joe
T. Tom Marlow Little Joe
George Eppersen Ralph
Al Scott Cafeteria Manager
Linda Davis Mother on Bus
J.T. Masters Old Cowhand
Arlene Reeder Old Lady
Georgann Johnson Rich Lady
Jonathan Kramer Jackie
Bob Balaban Young Student
Anthony Holland TV Bishop
Jan Tice Freaked-Out Lady
Paul Benjamin Bartender
Peter Scalia Vegetable Grocer
Vito Siracusa Vegetable Grocer
Peter Zamaglias Hat-Shop Owner
Tina Scala Laundromat Lady
Alma Felix Laundromat Lady
Richard Clarke Escort Service Man
Ann Thomas Frantic Lady
Gastone Rossilli Hansel McAlbertson
Joan Murphy Waitress
Al Stetson Bus Driver
Ultra Violet Party Guest
Paul Jabara Party Guest
International Velvet Party Guest
William Door Party Guest
Cecelia Lipson Party Guest
Taylor Mead Party Guest
Paul Morrissey Party Guest
Paul Jasmin Party Guest
George Epperson Ralph
Arthur Anderson Hotel Clerk
M. Walsh Actor
John Barry Composer

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Jerome Hellman Producer
Dick Smith Special Effects
Jack Fitzstephens Sound Effects
Dick Vorisek Sound Effects
James Leo Herlihy Screenwriter
Vic Ramos Casting
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