Midnight Cowboy

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1969
  • Running time: 113 min
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. read more
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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.

Original Release

05/25/1969

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Cast

Dustin Hoffman Ratso
Jon Voight Joe Buck
Sylvia Miles Cass
John McGiver Mr. O'Daniel
Brenda Vaccaro Shirley
Barnard Hughes Towny
Ruth White Sally Buck - Texas
Jennifer Salt Annie - Texas
Gilman Rankin Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
T. Tom Marlow Little Joe - Texas
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Schlesinger

Writers

James Leo Herlihy, Waldo Salt

Cast

Dustin Hoffman Ratso
Jon Voight Joe Buck
Sylvia Miles Cass
John McGiver Mr. O'Daniel
Brenda Vaccaro Shirley
Barnard Hughes Towny
Ruth White Sally Buck - Texas
Jennifer Salt Annie - Texas
Gilman Rankin Woodsy Niles - Texas (as Gil Rankin)
T. Tom Marlow Little Joe - Texas
George Eppersen Ralph - Texas
Georgann Johnson Rich Lady - New York
Bob Balaban The Young Student - New York
Marlene Clark Girl at Party
Jan Tice Freaked-Out Lady - New York
Ultra Violet The Party
Paul Morrissey The Party
Viva Gretel McAlbertson - The Party
Al Scott Cafeteria Manager - Texas
Linda Davis Mother on the Bus - Texas

Producers

Editors

Hugh A. Robertson

1970 Oscar Best Picture Won
1970 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1970 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1970 Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1970 Oscar Best Director Won
1970 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Won
1970 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Best Director Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Best Actor - Drama Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1970 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Male Won
1970 Golden Globe Best Screenplay Nominated
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