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Snoggera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:48 PM
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Snoggera's Official Review: Midnight Cowboy
The distance between the eastern elite establishment and the "local yokel" in Texas has been dramatically decreased since this movie was first released in 1969. For those who are unaware, it won best picture, and for good reason.

At the time, there were few movies that dealt with reality and its individual, human problems in a realistic, or even semi-realistic, way. This movie cracked barriers. They weren't barriers of language (ooohhh- can they say fuck on tv now?), but they were barriers of thought. This is a thought provoking, socially conscious movie in many layers.

The main character (Jon Voight) is a damaged person. He grew up in basically Nowhere, Texas with his grandmother after his apparently non-caring mother dropped him off. Grandma was pleased to have him around, because she used him sexually. He grew up, worked in the local greasy spoon, and decided one day he was going to use his "asset" to become a gigolo in NY City!

He was laughed at, and an object of ridicule. He couldn't believe what it cost to live in the city. He ran across "Ratso" (don't tell him I called him that), who was a crippled, streetwise loser who lived in abandoned buildings.

They developed a friendship over the course of the story that draws you in and won't let you go back to your previous reality without at least a thought about what people go through in their day-to-day hopeful, yet desperate lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and recommend it to all who would like to see a drama with a sense of humor that causes you to become one with the characters. They don't make'em like this anymore!

4 thumbs up!!!! (Actually 2 thumbs and two big toes, but who's counting?)

There you go. My review.

Any responses to this synopsis?
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kstewart33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:52 PM
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1. A very good and terribly sad movie
I remember seeing it for the first time in the theatre when I was a young teen. Really opened my eyes up.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:06 PM
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2. Great movie
trivia: it is the only movie released with X rating that won Best Picture at the Oscars.
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