Directed by John Schlesinger. US. 1969. R. 1 hour 53 minute minutes. MGM. Digital.
Sun., April 14, 2019
50th Anniversary Screening!
Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he’ll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a small-time con man named Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The two form a rough alliance, and together they kick-start Joe’s hustling career just as Ratso’s health begins to deteriorate. Originally rated “X” when released, this powerful comedy/drama broke new ground with its frank dialogue, gritty locations, and taboo themes. Fifty years later, this Best Picture Winner still packs a wallop!