"Thrust into the unlikely role of hot young romantic star, Hoffman followed it up by portraying the "repellent" Ratso Rizzo in MIDNIGHT COWBOY, a move that seemed to court career suicide. 'People were walking out of the screenings. My manager was saying, 'If this movie is a disaster, it is extremely important that you come back as a human being.' MIDNIGHT COWBOY, of course, won the Oscar for Best Picture.—American Film, December 1988