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* BigNameFan: Almost no one would expect an X-rated (originally; later lowered to R) film to be among the favorites of someone as pious as UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter. And yet Carter frequently [[http://www.businessinsider.com/presidents-favorite-movies-2016-8#jimmy-carter-many-from-all-the-presidents-men-to-midnight-cowboy-8 screened the film in the White House]].


* 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 Creator/DustinHoffman and 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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* 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 Creator/DustinHoffman and 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 "[[WelcomeToTheBigCity welcome to New York" York]]" feel of the film, and hints there's more to Ratso than it appears.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: It's interesting to see how an oblique, evocative title like ''Midnight Cowboy'' was handled in translating the film. Spain went with a direct translation (''Cowboy de medianoche''), but in Latin America it was called ''Perdidos en la noche'' ("lost people in the night"). Many European countries used variations on "asphalt cowboy". In Italy it was ''Un uomo da marciapiede'' ("a sidewalk man").


** A longtime aide to John Schlesinger reported that the director wanted to include an overt sex scene between Creator/JonVoight and Creator/DustinHoffman, but was overruled.

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** A longtime aide to John Schlesinger reported that the director wanted to include an overt sex scene between Creator/JonVoight Joe and Creator/DustinHoffman, Ratso but was overruled.


* DeletedScene: The bus scene originally had M. Emmet Walsh telling a dirty story to Creator/JonVoight, but this was cut due to censorship considerations. The movie initially received an X-rating anyway.

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* DeletedScene: The bus scene There was originally had a scene where one of Joe's fellow bus passengers (played by M. Emmet Walsh telling Walsh) tells him a dirty story to Creator/JonVoight, story, but this was cut due to censorship considerations. The movie initially received an X-rating anyway.


* DeletedScene: In the bus scene M. Emmet Walsh told a dirty story to Creator/JonVoight, but the scene was cut because of censorship considerations. The movie initially received an X-rating anyway.

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* DeletedScene: In the The bus scene originally had M. Emmet Walsh told telling a dirty story to Creator/JonVoight, but the scene this was cut because of due to censorship considerations. The movie initially received an X-rating anyway.


** 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.

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** A long time aid longtime aide to John Schlesinger reported that the director wanted to include an overt sex scene between Creator/JonVoight and Creator/DustinHoffman, but was overruled.

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* RealSongThemeTune: Music/HarryNilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'".


* MethodActing: Creator/DustinHoffman put so much effort into Rizzo's coughing fits that he coughed up blood.

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* MethodActing: Creator/DustinHoffman put so much effort into Rizzo's coughing fits that he coughed threw up blood.on Jon Voight at one point during filming.


** Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord, Michael 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.

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** Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/RobertRedford, Michael 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.


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


* CreatorCameo: Waldo Salt, who wrote the screenplay for the film, is briefly seen as a TV talk-show host.
* 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.

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* CreatorCameo: Waldo Salt, who wrote the screenplay for the film, is briefly seen as a TV talk-show host.
* DeletedScene: In the bus scene M. Emmet Walsh told a dirty story to 'Jon Voight' (qv), Creator/JonVoight, but the scene was cut because of censorship considerations. The movie initially received an X-rating anyway.


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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #43


* 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.


* 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.

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