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Best Picture, though such a classification no longer exists. 43rd on its 2007 updated version. Joe ends up giving her money after she ends up lashing out at him when he requests payment. After discovering that the man is actually an unhinged religious fanatic, Joe flees the encounter in pursuit of Ratso.
Joe spends his days wandering the city and sitting in his hotel room. Soon broke, he is locked out of his hotel room and most of his belongings are impounded. When Joe learns that the young man has no money, Joe threatens him and asks for his watch, but eventually lets him go. The following day, Joe spots Ratso and angrily shakes him down. Ratso offers to share the apartment in which he is squatting in a condemned building.
Joe accepts reluctantly, and they begin a “business relationship” as hustlers. As they develop a bond, Ratso’s health, which has never been good, grows steadily worse. Joe’s story is told through flashbacks. His grandmother raises him after his mother abandons him, and his grandmother shows him affection but spends time with men much the way Joe’s mother did.
He also has a tragic relationship with Annie, a local mentally unstable girl. Ratso’s backstory comes through stories he tells Joe. His father was an illiterate Italian immigrant shoe-shiner, who worked in a subway station. He developed a bad back, and “coughed his lungs out from breathin’ in that wax all day”. Ratso learned shoe-shining from his father but won’t stoop so low as to do it. An unusual couple approach Joe and Ratso in a diner and hand Joe a flyer, inviting him to a party.