Winner of the 1969 Academy Award® for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, this groundbreaking masterpiece also earned Best Actor Oscar® Nominations for the brilliant, searing performances of Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman as two small-time hustlers whose powerful friendship transcends the gritty realities of big-city life and their own unfulfilled dreams.
Daring...shocking...provocative. Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated movie to ever win an Oscar®, although the film was later re-rated “R.”
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Midnight Cowboy's peep-show vision of Manhattan lowlife may no longer be shocking, but what is shocking, in 1994, is to see a major studio film linger this lovingly on characters who have nothing to offer the audience but their own lost souls.
In this film the scenery is lovely and only the human race is vile.
What has happened to Midnight Cowboy is that we've done our own editing job on it. We've forgotten the excesses and the detours, and remembered the purity of the central characters and the Voight and Hoffman performances.
It is ultimately a moving experience that captures the quality of a time and a place. It's not a movie for the ages, but, having seen it, you won't ever again feel detached as you walk down West 42nd Street.
The performances by Hoffman and Voight are big.