I hated Dustin Hoffman until I watched this movie
I often disliked Dustin Hoffman's acting. I watched his "Graduate",
"Marathon Man", "Kramer vs. Kramer" etc. and in none of these I liked
his style, which to me appeared to be very static and his expressions
often stone-like. I liked his acting in movies like "Rain Man" and
"Outbreak", but I didn't consider them spectacular either. This movie,
however, changed that for me.
This movie is worthy of all the praise it gets. A reasonably simple
story is turned into a beautiful movie by the strong performance of
Hoffman and John Voight. How a small town stud goes to New York (where
ladies are just waiting to get it from him and pay him for it) to find
that the reality differs much from the picture he has had of the
scenario.. is the story in a nutshell, which is interesting and, which
could be true perhaps in any big city anywhere in the world.
The movie, after 35 years, still looks contemporary except for a scene
that depicts a 60s-style party of drugs, sex and rock-n-roll.
This is the best movie ever made
I remember being disappointed at not being old enough to see this movie
when it was first released. I would have to wait another 11 years to
see it on video,but it was worth the wait.No movie I have seen since
has captured the loneliness and dependence of two souls in an cold
city. Shot in New York it could have easily have been Toronto or even
Minneapolis anyplace the temperature dips below freezing. I felt cold
when Ratso and Joe Buck were cold. When they were hungry I felt the
pangs as well. Dustin Hoffman & Jon Voight inhabited the characters and
at once made we want to help and "walk faster". The movie perfectly
snaps a shot of the late sixties and preserves the psychedelia and
pace. This is a must see for anyone who claims to love movies.