BUCK and RATZO
John Voight and Dustin Hoffman
Theme MIDNIGHT COWBOY
The BADASS COOKBOOK
Screenplay : Waldo Salt
Director : John Schlessinger
Starring : John Voight and Dustin Hoffman
Music : John Barry , Harry Nilsson
Two losers at the very bottom rung of the American Dream have only their tenuous friendship to sustain them. Schlesinger as an Englishman and an outsider is not too impressed with America or Americans and delivers an honest and scathing denouement, but neither are we impressed with the hallucinatory flash with which he tells his tale. What remains, what sticks, is the acting of the two leads who fully invest in the characters frailties whose weaknesses amazingly leads to empathy rather than disgust.
Hoffman and Voight are fantastic in delivering this story of life on the streets in a New York that doesn't quite have the same bite. These are individuals doomed to failure but we can't help but watch.
More than the grime and the weirdos, more than "Everybody's Talkin'" and "I'm walkin' here!," what echoes through the decades is its poignant depiction of an unlikely, contentious, and yet weirdly tender friendship forged on the margins of society. It's one of the 70s (made 1969) great classic films. See it.