Midnight cowboy

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Based on a James Leo Herlihy novel, British director John Schlesinger's first American film dramatized the small hopes, dashed dreams, and unlikely friendship of two late '60s lost souls. Dreaming of an easy life as a fantasy cowboy stud, cheerful Texas rube Joe Buck (Jon Voight) heads to New York City to be a gigolo, but he quickly discovers that hustling isn't what he thought it would be after he winds up paying his first trick (Sylvia Miles). He gets swindled by gimpy tubercular grifter Rico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) but, when Joe falls in the direst of straits, Ratso takes Joe into his condemned apartment so that they can help each other survive. Things start to look up when Joe finally lands his first legit female customer (Brenda Vaccaro) at a Warhol-esque party; Ratso's health, however, fails. Joe turns a final trick to get the money for one selfless goal: taking Ratso out of New York to his dream life in Miami. One of the first major studio films given the newly minted X rating for its then-frank portrayal of New York decadence, Midnight Cowboy was critically praised for Schlesinger's insight into American lives, with the intercut mosaic of Joe's memories and Ratso's dreams lending their characters and actions greater psychological complexity. While they may have been drawn by the seamy content (tame by current standards), the young late '60s audience responded to Joe's and Ratso's confusion amidst turbulent times and to the connection they make with each other despite their alienation from the surrounding culture. Midnight Cowboy became one of the major financial and artistic hits of 1969, winning Oscars for Best Picture (the first for an X-rated film), Best Director, and former blacklistee Waldo Salt's screenplay. Though the one-two punch of Midnight Cowboy and The Graduate (1967) proved Hoffman's range and Voight's Joe Buck made him a star, both lost Best Actor to classical cowboy John Wayne for True Grit. The film was later re-rated R by the MPAA. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID11638116-86f0-e87b-d18b-114fd380c5a9
Grouping Titlemidnight cowboy
Grouping Authorunited artists
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2020-01-14 15:32:49PM
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auth_author2Balaban, Bob,
Barry, John, 1933-2011,
Hellman, Jerome,
Hellman, Jerome.
Herlihy, James Leo.
Hoffman, Dustin, 1937-
Holender, Adam,
Hughes, Barnard, 1915-2006,
Hughes, Barnard, 1915-2006.
Johnson, Georgann,
McGiver, John, 1913-1975,
McGiver, John, 1913-1975.
Miles, Sylvia, 1924-2019,
Miles, Sylvia, 1924-2019.
Robertson, Hugh A.
Robertson, Hugh A.,
Salt, Jennifer, 1944-
Salt, Waldo,
Salt, Waldo.
Schlesinger, John, 1926-2003,
Schlesinger, John, 1926-2003.
Tice, Jan, 1935-2011,
Vaccaro, Brenda, 1939-
Voight, Jon, 1938-
White, Ruth, 1914-1969,
White, Ruth, 1914-1969.
author2-roleBalaban, Bob,actor.
Barry, John,1933-2011,composer.
Criterion Collection (Firm),publisher.
Hellman, Jerome,film producer.
Hellman, Jerome.
Herlihy, James Leo.Midnight cowboy.
Hoffman, Dustin,1937-
Hoffman, Dustin,1937-actor.
Holender, Adam,director of photography.
Hughes, Barnard,1915-2006,actor.
Hughes, Barnard,1915-2006.
Jerome Hellman Productions,production company.
Jerome Hellman Productions.
Johnson, Georgann,actor.
MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
McGiver, John,1913-1975,actor.
McGiver, John,1913-1975.
Miles, Sylvia,1924-2019,actor.
Miles, Sylvia,1924-2019.
Robertson, Hugh A.
Robertson, Hugh A.,editor of moving image work.
Salt, Jennifer,1944-actor.
Salt, Waldo,screenwriter.
Salt, Waldo.
Schlesinger, John,1926-2003,film director.
Schlesinger, John,1926-2003.
Tice, Jan,1935-2011,actor.
United Artists Corporation,presenter,production company.
United Artists Corporation.
Vaccaro, Brenda,1939-
Vaccaro, Brenda,1939-actor.
Voight, Jon,1938-
Voight, Jon,1938-actor.
White, Ruth,1914-1969,actor.
White, Ruth,1914-1969.
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display_description"One of the British New Wave's most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late 1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in The Graduate. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its 'homosexual frame of reference,' Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema"--Container.
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subject_facetBuddy films
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Estafa -- Nueva York (Estados Unidos : Estado) -- Nueva York -- Teatro
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Male friendship
Male friendship -- Drama
Male prostitutes
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New York (State) -- New York
Outcasts -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama
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title_displayMidnight cowboy
title_fullMidnight cowboy / United Artists ; a Jerome Hellman-John Schlesinger production ; producer, Jerome Hellman ; director, John Schlesinger ; screenplay, Waldo Salt
Midnight cowboy / United Artists ; a Jerome Hellman-John Schlesinger production ; screenplay, Waldo Salt ; producer, Jerome Hellman ; director, John Schlesinger
Midnight cowboy [videorecording] / United Artists ; a Jerome Hellman-John Schlesinger production ; screenplay by Waldo Salt ; producer, Jerome Hellman ; director, John Schlesinger
title_shortMidnight cowboy
Male friendship
Male prostitutes
Swindlers and swindling