Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Midnight Cowboy (1969)




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

Director:

 John Schlesinger

Writers:

 Waldo Salt (screenplay), James Leo Herlihy (based on the novel by)

Stars:

 Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight

Before Dustin Hoffman auditioned for this film, he knew that his all-American image could easily cost him the job. To prove he could do it, he asked the auditioning film executive to meet him on a street corner in Manhattan, and in the meantime, dressed himself in filthy rags. The executive arrived at the appointed corner and waited, barely noticing the "beggar" less than ten feet away who was accosting people for spare change. At last, the beggar walked up to him and revealed his true identity.

Dustin Hoffman kept pebbles in his shoe to ensure his limp would be consistent from shot to shot. Hoffman's performance as "Ratso" Rizzo is ranked #7 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. Hoffman spent a considerable amount of time in the New York slums observing tramps and street people and studying their physical movements and behavior.

Joe stayed at the Hotel Claridge, at the southeast corner of Broadway and West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan. His room overlooked the northern half of Times Square. The building, designed by D. H. Burnham & Company and opened in 1911, has since been demolished.

The opening scenes were filmed in Big Spring, Texas. A roadside billboard stating "IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN OIL WELL...GET ONE!" was shown as the New York-bound bus carrying Joe Buck rolled through Texas. Such advertisements, common in the Southwestern United States in the late-1960s and through the 1970s, promoted Eddie Chiles' Western Company of North America.

Academy Awards, USA 1970

Won
Oscar
Best Picture
Jerome Hellman 
Best Director
John Schlesinger 
John Schlesinger was not present at the awards ceremony. Jon Voight accepted the award on his 


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