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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

US 113m, Colour
Director: John Schlesinger; Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Bob Balaban

The only X-rated film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Midnight Cowboy now seems relatively tame by current standards. It does, however remain a powerful and poignant drama based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. As Joe Buck, Voight plays a good-looking self-styled cowboy with a very troubled past who befriends “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing and disabled vagrant superbly played by Hoffman. Essentially a story of loneliness, failed dreams and friendship, Midnight Cowboy is an extraordinarily sad and heartfelt story which also has some surprisingly humorous scenes involving Joe’s ill-fated attempts at becoming a hustler in New York City (Klaus Ming June 2011).

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