The first, and only, X-rated film to win a best picture Academy Award®, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy seems a lot less daring today (and has been reclassified as an R), but remains a fascinating time capsule of late-1960s sexual decadence in mainstream American cinema. In a career-making performance, Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a naive Texas dishwasher who goes to the big city (New York) to make his fortune as a sexual hustler. Although enthusiastic about selling himself to rich ladies for stud services, he quickly finds it hard to make a living and eventually crashes in a seedy dump with a crippled petty thief named Ratzo Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman, doing one of his more effective "stupid acting tricks," with a limp and a high-pitch rasp of a voice). Schlesinger's quick-cut, semi-psychedelic style has dated severely, as has his ruthlessly cynical approach to almost everybody but the lead characters. But at its heart the movie is a sad tale of friendship between a couple of losers lost in the big city, and with an ending no studio would approve today. It's a bit like an urban Of Mice and Men, but where both guys are Lenny. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
Midnight Cowboy is a wonderful movie that was ahead of its time when it first came out. I loved it then and I still love it now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Therese
This film may be dated but it is forever one of the all time best films ever made! A true time capsule! Dustin Hoffman is at his absolute best! Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2013 by Dwayne
This contrived piece of sentimental quasi-gay Hollywood indulgence must really have titillated them back 35 or so years ago, same people who thought Hair was a racy musical. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by inframan
Based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, directed by John Schlesinger, seemed so on the cutting edge in 1969. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by Foster Corbin
Joe Buck (Jon Voight) is a cocky but not so bright young man from a small Texas town who thinks he's quite a stud. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by mirasreviews
leave Texas small town, go to NYC, finally end up in Miami! Great movie of a NY hustler from texas, as he struggles in NYC with his ill friend, on the mean streets.Published on Jan. 20 2004