Sunday, January 20, 2013

Midnight Cowboy

1969 American Feature

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Barnard Hughes, Ruth White, Jennifer Salt and Bob Balaban
Director: John Schlesinger
Writer: Waldo Salt, based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy

Joe Buck, a young Texan, goes to New York City to be a hustler, and finds friendship in the unlikely Enrico Rizzo, a crippled con-man. Together, they struggle to survive on the streets.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 86%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Actor (Hoffman and Voight), Supporting Actress (Miles) and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Actor (Hoffman), Director, Screenplay, Film Editing and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Voight).
  • Berlin International Film Festival OCIC Award.
  • David di Donatello Awards for Best Foreign Director and Best Foreign Actor (Hoffman).
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male (Voight); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actor - Drama (Hoffman and Voight), Supporting Actress (Vaccaro) and Screenplay.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Voight).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Voight).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium.

  • The film was rated "X" upon its original release in 1969, and thus is the only X-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Reportedly the MPAA announced that it would give Midnight Cowboy the less restrictive R rating if a gay sex scene was cut; director John Schlesinger refused. It was later re-rated "R" in 1971, when United Artists successfully reissued it on a double bill with the similarly controversial Women in Love.
  • Casting Call: Warren Beatty, Robert Blake, Charles Durning, Ruth Gordon, Lee Majors, Elvis Presley and Michael Sarrazin.
  • Director John Schlesinger said that Andy Warhol's My Hustler influenced the visual style of Midnight Cowby. Conversely, Warhol renamed his next film Lonesome Cowboys and quickly made and released the hustler-themed movie Flesh to capitalize on the pre-release buzz of Midnight Cowboy.
  • Actor Bob Balaban's film debut.
  • Cameos in the film's party scene include actor/singer Paul Jabara and Warhol stars Taylor Mead, Paul Morrissey, International Velvet, Ultra Violet and Viva (playing a character inspired by Andy Warhol himself).
  • Reportedly when the movie was first previewed, the audience started to leave in droves during the movie theater scene featuring Joe Buck's gay encounter.
  • In 1994, Midnight Cowboy was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 1998, Midnight Cowboy was ranked #36 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2004, "Everybody's Talking" ranked #22 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2005, "I'm walkin' here!" was ranked #27 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, Midnight Cowboy was ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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