Who doesn’t want to chuck it all in and move to New York City? These days, it’s practically an Australian rite of passage. Back in 1969, that was small-town Texan Joe Buck’s (Jon Voight) idea as he hightailed it out of his job as a dishwasher and onwards and upwards to Manhattan, dressed in brand new cowboy clothes. His plan? To work as a high-end sex worker, mostly servicing the wealthiest women in town. It’s fate that this path crosses with Enrico Salvatore “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a hard-talking con man with a pocketful of connections. John Schlesinger’s seedy classic follows their daily plight, as they try to eke out a living in the brutal Big Apple.
Why You Should See This Film
This is a rare chance to see an American treasure back on the big screen. It won a host of Academy Awards upon its release and remains the only X-Rated release to ever receive Best Picture. Watch out for cameos from real-life Warhol Superstars Viva (aka Gaby Hoffman’s mum), Ultra Violet, International Velvet, Taylor Mead and Paul Morrissey in a Factory-esque party scene, and also Wes Anderson regular Bob Balaban.
- Year: 1969
- Rating: M
- Director: John Schlesinger
- Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles
- Duration: 113 minutes
- Language: English