MIDNIGHT COWBOY is one of the top ten films to ever be made. I should be seen to be believed. New York City is actually the main character in this hard-to-take-your-eye-from film, and there's no way you can come away from this unmoved. Winner of the Academy Award for best film in 1969 (the first X-rated film to do so), I both disliked and admired it when I first saw it and that initial reaction really hasn't changed in more than 30 years. What remains after so many years are the images evoked whenever I hear its ironic theme song, "Everybody's Talking." The street scenes, the awkward and incompetent grifting, and especially the scene on the bus to Miami. Voight as Joe Buck and Hoffman as "Ratzo" Rizzo really are the definitive odd couple as they pursue their illusive as well as elusive dreams amidst the squalid realities of the urban life they share. Films do not change but we do. For example, I was more amused and less sympathetic 39 years ago. Today, I am more inclined to view Rizzo and Buck as victims of natural selection, unable to overcome physical limitations (Rizzo) or mental limitations (Buck) in a society which consumes and then discards people as indifferently as it does whatever is tossed into trash cans in a dark alley, awaiting removal. Everybody isn't talking. In fact, no one notices. For so many in a city such as New York or Miami, it will always midnight. Must also recommend a novel that I recently came across which incorporates themes from Midnight Cowboy, as well as other movies, called "Katzenjammer" by Jackson McCrae---great take off on some of what happens in the film and New York is once again central to the story.