History Trivia / MidnightCowboy

4th Aug '16 3:23:43 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* MethodActing: Creator/DustinHoffman put so much effort into Rizzo's coughing fits that he coughed up blood.



* RetroactiveRecognition: M. Emmet Walsh's and Bob Balaban make their film debuts.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: M. Emmet Walsh's Walsh and Bob Balaban make their film debuts.
4th Aug '16 3:19:07 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BillingDisplacement: Although Jon Voight's Joe Buck is the title character and protagonist of the story, Dustin Hoffman is actually billed ahead of him. (Of course, at the time Hoffman was the much bigger name thanks to ''Film/TheGraduate''... in which ''he'd'' been displaced in the billing by Anne Bancroft.)

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* BillingDisplacement: Although Jon Voight's Creator/JonVoight's Joe Buck is the title character and protagonist of the story, Dustin Hoffman Creator/DustinHoffman is actually billed ahead of him. (Of course, at the time Hoffman was the much bigger name thanks to ''Film/TheGraduate''... in which ''he'd'' been displaced in the billing by Anne Bancroft.)



* PlayingAgainstType: This is the film that got Hoffman recognized from simply the flavor of the month star, to a master actor destined to be one of the Hollywood Greats.
* ThrowItIn: The SignatureLine of "I'm walkin' here!" was unscripted. Because of the low budget, they didn't have permits to close New York streets and had to film with hidden cameras. In that particular scene, a taxi ran the red light and almost ran over Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Hoffman almost said "I'm actin' here" before remembering to stay in character (though does forget the accent and limp). Fortunately, this adds to the "welcome to New York" feel of the film, and hints there's more to Ratso than it appears.

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* DeletedScene: In the bus scene M. Emmet Walsh told a dirty story to 'Jon Voight' (qv), but the scene was cut because of censorship considerations. The movie initially received an X-rating anyway.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Despite his portrayal of Joe Buck, a character hopelessly out of his element in New York, Creator/JonVoight is a native New Yorker, hailing from Yonkers. Creator/DustinHoffman, who played a grizzled veteran of New York's streets, is from Los Angeles.
* PlayingAgainstType: This is the film that got Hoffman Creator/DustinHoffman recognized from simply the flavor of the month star, to a master actor destined to be one of the Hollywood Greats.
* RetroactiveRecognition: M. Emmet Walsh's and Bob Balaban make their film debuts.
* RomanceOnTheSet: It was during the making of this film that John Schlesinger met his long-time partner, the photographer Michael Childers, whom he hired as his assistant.
* StarMakingRole: For Creator/JonVoight.
* ThrowItIn: The SignatureLine of "I'm walkin' here!" was unscripted. Because of the low budget, they didn't have permits to close New York streets and had to film with hidden cameras. In that particular scene, a taxi ran the red light and almost ran over Dustin Hoffman Creator/DustinHoffman and Jon Voight.Creator/JonVoight. Hoffman almost said "I'm actin' here" before remembering to stay in character (though does forget the accent and limp). Fortunately, this adds to the "welcome to New York" feel of the film, and hints there's more to Ratso than it appears.


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** A long time aid to John Schlesinger reported that the director wanted to include an overt sex scene between Creator/JonVoight and Creator/DustinHoffman, but was overruled.
28th Apr '16 12:20:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Bob Balaban in his first film role as the student in the theater.
** When Joe and Cass are having sex and inadvertently changing channels on the TV, look at the female contestant on the telephone dating show. It's none other than Creator/SandyDuncan.
** One of the rapists in the flashback scene is a young Randall Carver, who later played John Burns on ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
28th Apr '15 10:40:39 AM Mdumas43073
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* CreatorCameo: Waldo Salt, who wrote the screenplay for the film, is briefly seen as a TV talk-show host.
28th Apr '15 10:33:48 AM Mdumas43073
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** Music/ElvisPresley (!), Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord and Michael Sarrazin were all considered for the role of Joe Buck. Robert Blake was offered the role of Rizzo but declined.

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** Music/ElvisPresley (!), Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/HarrisonFord, Michael Sarrazin Sarrazin, and Music/ElvisPresley (no, really) were all considered for the role of Joe Buck. Robert Blake was offered the role of Rizzo but declined.
28th Apr '15 10:32:43 AM Mdumas43073
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** Music/ElvisPresley, Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord and Michael Sarrazin were all considered for the role of Joe Buck. Robert Blake was offered the role of Rizzo but declined.

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** Music/ElvisPresley, Music/ElvisPresley (!), Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord and Michael Sarrazin were all considered for the role of Joe Buck. Robert Blake was offered the role of Rizzo but declined.
28th Apr '15 10:32:20 AM Mdumas43073
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Music/BobDylan wrote the song "Lay, Lady, Lay" for this film, but didn't submit it in time for inclusion in the soundtrack. It most likely would have accompanied the Scribbage-and-sex scene with Joe and Shirley.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Music/ElvisPresley, Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord and Michael Sarrazin were all considered for the role of Joe Buck. Robert Blake was offered the role of Rizzo but declined.
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Music/BobDylan wrote the song "Lay, Lady, Lay" for this film, but didn't submit it in time for inclusion in the soundtrack. It most likely would have accompanied the Scribbage-and-sex scene with Joe and Shirley.
28th Apr '15 10:28:38 AM Mdumas43073
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* BillingDisplacement: Although Jon Voight's Joe is the title character and protagonist of the story, Dustin Hoffman is actually billed ahead of him. (Of course, at the time Hoffman was the much bigger name thanks to ''Film/TheGraduate''... in which ''he'd'' been displaced in the billing by Anne Bancroft.)

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* BillingDisplacement: Although Jon Voight's Joe Buck is the title character and protagonist of the story, Dustin Hoffman is actually billed ahead of him. (Of course, at the time Hoffman was the much bigger name thanks to ''Film/TheGraduate''... in which ''he'd'' been displaced in the billing by Anne Bancroft.)
28th Apr '15 10:28:11 AM Mdumas43073
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** When Joe and Cass are having sex and inadvertently changing channels on the TV, look at the female contestant on the telephone dating show. It's none other than Creator/SandyDuncan.
** One of the rapists in the flashback scene is a young Randall Carver, who later played John Burns on ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
8th Apr '15 9:43:03 PM DrOO7
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** AFIS100Years100Songs:
*** #22, "Everybody's Talkin'"
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