Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, is a 1969 John Schlesinger film, based on a novel by James Leo Herlihy, in which a naive young Texas cowboy named Joe Buck (Jon Voight) comes to New York City to be a male hustler (a "midnight cowboy"). There he meets the scraggly Rico Salvatore "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). Over the course of the film Buck slowly comes to terms with his sexuality and the closeness of his relationship with Rizzo. The film is the only X-Rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (as of 2002, the only other X-rated picture that had been nominated was A Clockwork Orange, which lost in 1972 to The French Connection).
The film also featured the song 'Everybody's Talking', sung by Harry Nilsson.
The Muppets character Rizzo Ratso is a street-wise but pesky rat modeled after Hoffman's character.