Dustin Hoffman probably deserved the Oscar for this one, but John Wayne won, because he was the sentimental choice. At the time, many people thought it went too far, but if you look at it now,you wouldn't be wrong in thinking it didn't go far enough. It did win best picture, which pissed off Wayne because he was a bit of a homophobe.
Adequately named Joe Buck as a personification of America going through a time of reexamining itself within the ongoing LSD-charged sexual revolution whilst dealing with troublesome past. The statements of him/it being a bi-curious conservative and finally emerging "scars free" but with a changed perspective have such a fine humane line in them.
High def really enhances this rather bizarre film. The scenic beauty of the travel shots is a portrait of an America no longer with us. Hoffman is incredible, such a commanding performance. Possibly his best work besides Little Big Man. Watching this today, its easy to see why it got its X rating initially, as certain scenes are still quite graphic by todays standards. Voight gives career performance. 4 stars
Made me feel like thrown into a roller coaster of past. The movie gets pretty close to main character's emotional twists (formed by some not fully told background experiences) but at the same time it gives rather neat & broad perspective on the society&values as they were at the end of 60s America. We people sometimes meet as random as atoms & what matters then (&keeps us together) is more than plain superficiality.