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I’m Walkin’ Here!

February 27, 2009

Heard that before? Maybe it’s time you saw the original scene referenced in this pop culture moments, courtesy of Wikipedia:

The final scene with Joe’s arms around Rizzo was parodied in the 1994 Seinfeld episode “The Mom & Pop Store”: Jerry was the Joe Buck character comforting Kramer, who had a bloody nose. The theme song “Everybody’s Talkin'” was played during this scene, and George at an earlier point sings it, improvising the line, “Just drivin’ around in Jon Voight’s car.”

The movie Miss Congeniality parodies the famous “I’m walkin’ here!” line when Michael Caine’s character Victor Melling is teaching Gracie Hart Sandra Bullock how to ‘glide’ as she walks. They walk across a street and a car almost hits Hart, prompting the response, “I’m gliding here!”

The movie Forrest Gump parodies the famous “I’m walking here!” line when Gump pushes Lieutenant Dan’s wheelchair across a crowded Manhattan street.

An episode of American Dad! titled “Irregarding Steve” parodies the movie, with Roger the alien as the Rizzo character developing a steadily worsening cough after arriving in New York and Steve eventually donning a cowboy outfit similar to Joe’s. The episode parodies several important scenes from Midnight Cowboy, including the final scene bus ride.

The movie “Back to the Future 2” has the Michael J. Fox character (playing his future son) coming out of the diner and almost being hit by a car, yelling “I’m walking here!” at the vehicle as it speeds away.

The Futurama episode “Brannigan Begin Again” contains a montage scene based on Midnight Cowboy. After the two characters Zapp Brannigan and Kif (as Joe and Ratso respectively) are discharged from the military, they are trying to survive in the world, including resorting to prostitution.

In an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Mr. Enid Dibney, played by Terry Jones, claims to have directed his own version of Midnight Cowboy before John Schlesinger released his, starring “the vicar as Ratso Rizzo.”

In the video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Vlad is nearly hit by a taxi and he shouts out “Hey! I’m walking here!” during a cutscene.

In the comedy film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, a montage of shots of Kazakhstani journalist Borat doing various inappropriate things on the streets of New York City is shown with the song “Everybody’s Talkin'” played behind it.

In an episode of Flight of the Conchords in which Bret and Jemaine try to become prostitutes, Jemaine tells Bret to wear a cowboy hat to make himself more appealing to women. Later, Bret says “I’m walking here” after a woman rejects Jemaine.

Midnight Cowboy plays NWFF through March 5.
Tonight it is introduced by film critic Ted Fry.

Original 1969 review of Midnight Cowboy

February 26, 2009

This one is too big to paste in, so you’ll have to download the whole thing by clicking here. But’s worth it. The Film Quarterly writer definitely had some mixed impressions from Schlesinger’s film, which won 3 Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director, and the equivalent of Best Adapted Screenplay.


A.O. Scott rediscovers Midnight Cowboy

January 27, 2009

Midnight Cowboy “offers a time capsule view of Manhattan in a very different era. It also is a showcase of some of the filmmaking styles of the late 1960s…[Director Schlesinger] was able to show just how swinging, how cool, how now a movie can be.

Midnight Cowboy plays in NWFF’s 69 series February 27-March 5.

Watch the whole review here.