Cowboy Matinee Mixups

Midnight Cowboy A gaggle of movie mixups, written down and straightened out right here for my own posterity. This started out as a Friday conversation gone horribly awry between a co-worker and myself.

Midnight Cowboy is the movie starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. It’s the one with the famous scene of Hoffman’s character slapping a car and yelling, “I’m walkin’ here!” And who could forget the theme song, Everybody’s Talkin, (I say that somewhat confidently because I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie, but I know the theme song) which incidently has been covered by everyone from Madeleine Peyroux to Leonard Nimoy

Urban Cowboy is the one with John Travolta. In it, he rides an electric bull and talks to Deborah Winger with a really bad southern accent, “Sissy!”

Drugstore Cowboy is the one with Matt Dillon as a junky. It was directed by Gus Van Sant and shouldn’t be confused with Rumble Fish, which was a Coppola film.

Electric Horseman is the one with Robert Redford as an alcoholic cowboy who rides a horse in a suit of Christmas lights. (Seriously, that was the plot. Hey, it was the seventies.)

Rhinestone is the 1984 trainwreck starring Sly Stallone as a New York City cab driver who’s primmed and primed to be a country/western singer by none other than Dolly Parton (Hey, it was the eighties.)

Rhinestone Cowboy is a Glen Campbell song that has no relation any of this mess but is close enough in title to act as an enabling variable for confusion.

Somewhat related, if second guessing still looms about the accuracy of the first movie, is Midnight Run. It’s the 1988 buddy movie starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. It has no cowboys.

Midnight Express, on the other hand, is about Turkish prisons.

Any questions?