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Film: Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy is a 1965 novel by James Leo Herlihy, adapted into a 1969 film directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. This article deals primarily with the movie.

Joe Buck is a dishwasher in a rural Texas diner. He's not very bright. One day, he decides to dress like a rodeo cowboy and move to New York, hoping to prostitute himself to wealthy women. He burns through his savings very quickly, unable to hustle, and is taken in by Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, a small-time con man with a bad leg and pneumonia. They scrape by as best they can, hoping to escape to Florida one day...

The movie garnered quite a bit of controversy upon its release, being given an "X" rating by the MPAA (though this was reduced to an "R" the following year). It is seen as one of the defining movies of the late '60s.


Midnight Cowboy contains examples of:


MartyCreator/United ArtistsThe Misfits
It Happened One NightAFI's 100 Years... 100 MoviesThe Best Years of Our Lives
Bonnie and ClydeAFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies ( 10 th Anniversary Edition)The Philadelphia Story
She Done Him WrongAFIS 100 Years 100 Movie QuotesA Few Good Men
Zapruder FilmUsefulNotes/National Film RegistryTaxi Driver
Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceCreator/The Criterion CollectionLe Million
Medium CoolFilms of the 1960sMoon Zero Two
The Lion in WinterAcademy AwardAnne Of The Thousand Days

alternative title(s): Midnight Cowboy
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