Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy

(John Schleshinger) R, 113 minutes

Dustin Hoffman; Jon Voight

John Voight's Texas-born stud Joe Buck quits a job washing dishes at a diner to hop a bus to Manhattan. With a portable radio stuck to his ear, Buck dreams of turning the town red as a cowboy-styled gigolo. However, Buck is woefully unprepared for the harsh reality of 1960s New York.  Buck imagines his luck turning when he meets lowlife conman Rico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman).  The film is filled with dark social and political commentary. Only through his problematic friendship with Ratzo can Buck reclaim his humanity. The palpable sense of comradeship between Voight and Hoffman—two young method actors working at the height of their powers—pushes the drama in something rare and sublime.  Cole Smithey