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A terrific movie. Gotta love that spiffy little apartment of Ratso's in the condemned building. I've always wondered what building that was. Those hafta be real location shoots. 

 

orange juice on ice!  :) 

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Hard to believe it was rated "X" back in the day!  I first became aware of it in an article I found in My Dad's hidden stash of porn in the garage.  Didn't see it till years later.  Wondered about that rating because at the time I saw it, the sexual scenes in it were more quaint than shocking.  But great performances by Voight and Hoffman.  I still chuckle a bit when Hoffman's Ratso pounds the car hood:

 

"I'm WALKING here!"

 

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A terrific movie. Gotta love that spiffy little apartment of Ratso's in the condemned building. I've always wondered what building that was. Those hafta be real location shoots. 

 

orange juice on ice!  :) 

It occurred to me that I haven't seen this film since it was released. Has it ever been shown on TCM? This would be a "wee hours" film.

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It occurred to me that I haven't seen this film since it was released. Has it ever been shown on TCM? This would be a "wee hours" film.

 

There is a TCM article on MIDNIGHT COWBOY so it must have aired on TCM at least once. 

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19299/Midnight-Cowboy/articles.html

 

It is one of my all-time favorite movies, one that I can watch over and over.   

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There is a TCM article on MIDNIGHT COWBOY so it must have aired on TCM at least once. 

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19299/Midnight-Cowboy/articles.html

 

It is one of my all-time favorite movies, one that I can watch over and over.   

 

 

I believe it either aired during one of the 31 Days of Oscar celebrations or the 2007 Race and Hollywood: Screened Out series.

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I believe it either aired during one of the 31 Days of Oscar celebrations or the 2007 Race and Hollywood: Screened Out series.

 

It definitely was shown about 4 a.m. as a 31 Days of Oscar presentation in 2010 or 2011. It also was screened at the 2010 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood with Jon Voight in attendance. 

 

Here's a segment of the 2010 TCM documentary series "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" featuring Bob Balaban:

 

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Good flick. Today it's all rather tame, and could likely be

in a midnight time slot. I still remember hearing that orange

juice ad on the radio. I always get a kick out of the scene

where the nerdy school kid tries to stiff Joe at the movie

theater showing that grade Z sci-fi flick. And Jennifer Salt

was hot.

 

Well, not something network TV would ever show (I dont think it ever got an airing) Probably would be rated PG-13 now.

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I always get a kick out of the scene

where the nerdy school kid tries to stiff Joe at the movie

theater showing that grade Z sci-fi flick.

That kid  with the strong gag reflex who stiffed Joe Buck was played by Bob Balaban, whose uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount.

Poor Joe got stiffed by two of his clients: the older woman played by Sylvia Miles (who actually took money from him!) and the kid in the movie theater. At least he got some money from Brenda Vaccaro.

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That kid  with the strong gag reflex who stiffed Joe Buck was played by Bob Balaban, whose uncle Barney Balaban was president of Paramount.

 

Poor Joe got stiffed by two of his clients: the older woman played by Sylvia Miles (who actually took money from him!) and the kid in the movie theater. At least he got some money from Brenda Vaccaro.

 

Yes, I hadnt realized that was Bob Balaban until that documentary. I havent seen the film in many years and wasnt aware who he was back then. I cant imagine what his uncle thought when he saw that scene! LM-O!!

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I knew Barnard Hughes, the actor who played Towny, one of Joe's clients. I worked with Barney on three projects, two of which also featured his wife, Helen Stenborg. They were among the sweetest of acting couples who lived in New York City. Their son, Doug Hughes, is a major theater director.

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There is a TCM article on MIDNIGHT COWBOY so it must have aired on TCM at least once. 

 

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19299/Midnight-Cowboy/articles.html

 

It is one of my all-time favorite movies, one that I can watch over and over.   

It's also one of my favorites. Loved it when it first was shown in theaters and still think it's a great film. Pretty sure TCM has aired MIDNIGHT COWBOY. whole cast was A+

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Well, not something network TV would ever show (I dont think it ever got an airing) Probably would be rated PG-13 now.

 

CITY-TV in Toronto used to show it all the time, completely uncut, back in the 70's. I can remember watching it at least 3 times and always during prime time. American networks? - I have no idea. Not a single one of them could match Canada's stations when it came to theatrical movie broadcasting. (On the other hand, movies made for TV by the networks were always best watched on their originating networks as the Canadian stations had a tendency to insert commercials in the wrong spots which sometimes ruined the intended flow).

 

In any case, Midnight Cowboy is one of my all-time favorite movies. It was Hoffman losing the best actor Oscar that year to John Wayne that permanently soured me on the Academy. I've had almost nothing to do with them since - the last show I watched was in 1974 (I wanted to see if Brando would win again - he was nominated for Last Tango in Paris).

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In any case, Midnight Cowboy is one of my all-time favorite movies. It was Hoffman losing the best actor Oscar that year to John Wayne that permanently soured me on the Academy. 

But there was something very good about the Oscars that year: Maggie Smith won Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. It was a very strong field, and Smith was not well known, so it came as a pleasant surprise.  But I agree with you about Hoffman.

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It is a brilliant film that as elicited different reactions from myself over the years. John Schlesinger was an amazing director who handled some difficult subjects with great delicacy and respect. He followed this film with Sunday, Bloody Sunday, I believe, a film that is not seen much today. The entire cast of Midnight Cowboy is great.. Somehow, I liked Voight better in those days, even more than Hoffman. But I disagree about Wayne winning. It's just what Oscar does sometimes, rewards people who have never won and gives a "career Oscar" versus people like Voight and Hoffman who went on to win and in Hoffman's case, more than once. After seeing Wayne's body of work this year, I repeat, I am a huge fan of this man as a film actor.

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Well, not something network TV would ever show (I dont think it ever got an airing) Probably would be rated PG-13 now.

it was aired in prime time on cbs i believe in the mid 70s, then rerun over the years on late night local tv. of course with heavy cuts that made the plot and overall meaning cryptic.

 

i recall watching the tv edit for years and always hearing the announcer say after ad breaks "we now return to dustin joffman, jon voight, and sylvia miles in "midnight cowboy" and always wondering where is sylvia miles?

 

then i saw it uncut - at last - on amc and BAM! there was sylvia! more sylvia than i ever cared to see.

 

the x rating in 1969 did not mean what it quickly came to mean. pornography. it simply meant adults only.

 

its a gritty depressing film to me and one that makes me alternately laugh and wince.

 

a friend told me a few years ago when we were trading ratso impersonations that the "im wawkin heah!" bit was improvised when the driver of the car, not part of the production but a new yorker trying to get somehere, got tired of waiting and charged hoffman.

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a friend told me a few years ago when we were trading ratso impersonations that the "im wawkin heah!" bit was improvised when the driver of the car, not part of the production but a new yorker trying to get somehere, got tired of waiting and charged hoffman.

 

Yes, I had a read that somewhere too about the cab driver in that scene not being part of the production.

 

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Robert Hofler's new book, Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos takes a look at 1968-1972 and the films, plays and books that were made in those years and how they influenced (and were influenced) by their times.

 

It's fun and interesting reading!

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St.BA, I agree that Voight was great in MC. It's hard to believe he descended to Anaconda, where he looked more like a snake than the snake did.

 

N.B. : To all of Midnight Cowboy's other fans, I always use "Rico," not "Ratso." I've too much respect for him to call him by the name he hated.  :)

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it was aired in prime time on cbs i believe in the mid 70s, then rerun over the years on late night local tv. of course with heavy cuts that made the plot and overall meaning cryptic.

 

i recall watching the tv edit for years and always hearing the announcer say after ad breaks "we now return to dustin joffman, jon voight, and sylvia miles in "midnight cowboy" and always wondering where is sylvia miles?

 

then i saw it uncut - at last - on amc and BAM! there was sylvia! more sylvia than i ever cared to see.

 

 

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It is a brilliant film that as elicited different reactions from myself over the years. John Schlesinger was an amazing director who handled some difficult subjects with great delicacy and respect. He followed this film with Sunday, Bloody Sunday, I believe, a film that is not seen much today. The entire cast of Midnight Cowboy is great.. Somehow, I liked Voight better in those days, even more than Hoffman. But I disagree about Wayne winning. It's just what Oscar does sometimes, rewards people who have never won and gives a "career Oscar" versus people like Voight and Hoffman who went on to win and in Hoffman's case, more than once. After seeing Wayne's body of work this year, I repeat, I am a huge fan of this man as a film actor.

"When I want to know how to act tough, I just look at the Duke." -Steve McQueen  :) 

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What was the name of that condemned building housing Ratso's (Enrico Salvatore Rizzo ) :) palatial condominium? :P Anyone know?

here are a few links you might find interesting about the locations used. None confirm the name or location of the condemned tenement. it is presumed to have been on the lower east side.

 

http://www.onthesetofnewyork.com/midnightcowboy.html

 

http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/2013/02/midnight-cowboy-25-fascinating-sleazy.html?m=1

 

http://exquisitelyboredinnacogdoches.blogspot.com/2006/10/midnight-cowboy-1969-locations.html?m=1

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Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of "Ratso Rizzo" in 1969 was hands-down the best performance by an actor in a motion picture - at least among the nominees. John Wayne putting on an eye patch and playing John Wayne again didn't even come close. Taking away Hoffman's well-deserved award and giving it to Wayne because they felt sorry for him was theft.

 

It's one of the more egregious examples of Academy bullsh--, but there've been others. The Oscars cannot be relied upon for integrity. Fair choices are made here and there - maybe even usually - but we can never depend on it. Ultimately, it's just a meaningless industry clusterf--- and I realized way back then that it was undeserving of my attention, let alone my respect.

 

Terrific popularity contest and fashion show, though - for those who think that's worthwhile.

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