Dustin Hoffman’s Celebrity Blow-Up


The folks at SCTV take celebrity blow-ups seriously–and literally. Martin Short with the best Dustin Hoffman imitation ever. Thanks to masercot for the suggestion.


Little Darlin’: Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman


In this scene from Ishtar, songwriters Rogers and Clarke (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) try their hands at being a cover band. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out too well.

One of the things I really like about the film Ishtar is how director Elaine May deliberately cast against type. Warren Beatty, who had a reputation as a real Hollywood stud, was cast as the shy awkward one, and the nebbishy Dustin Hoffman was cast as the ladykiller of the two.

Thanks to YouTuber j peoplemover

“Telling The Truth Can Be Dangerous Business”


Yes, it’s the song from the much-maligned film, Ishtar, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as two hapless singer-songwriters who, in the Hope-Crosby style, find themselves soon on the Road to Morocco. The believably bad songs were written by songwriter Paul Williams. In this opening credits scene, the duo are struggling earnestly to come up with a hit song.

In a just world, one day Ishtar would get the respect it deserves as a very funny movie.

Thanks to Youtuber Chris Hecker

“You Just Took A Little Rest Stop That Wasn’t On The Schedule…”


My recent post about Times Square, set me thinking about the film Midnight Cowboy. When it first came out, all the talk was of Dustin Hoffman whose turn as Ratso Rizzo was, of course, a classic characterization. After Hoffman’s scrubbed suburban college grad in The Graduate, it was a treat to see him do something diametrically opposed in Midnight Cowboy. But I think because of Hoffman’s flashy performance as Ratso, Jon Voight’s achievement in the film was somewhat overlooked. Voight looked like they had picked someone off the street from Texas and that was that. But how many knew that Voight was born and raised in Westchester County, NY? His transformation was just as impressive as Hoffman’s, only nobody realized it.

Above, you can see the devastating last scene in the movie, fading out with John Barry’s haunting theme written for the film.

Thanks to YouTuber Ofer3331