|Dustin Hoffman||Enrico Salvatore ``Ratso'' Rizzo|
|Jon Voight||Joe Buck|
|John McGiver||Mr. O'Daniel|
|Ruth White||Sally Buck|
|Gil Rankin||Woodsy Niles|
|Tom Marlow||Little Joe|
|Bob Balaban||The Young Student|
Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he'll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a Dickensian layabout named Enrico ''Ratso'' Rizzo . The two form a rough alliance, and together they kick-start Joe's hustling career just as Ratso's health begins to deteriorate.