Film / Midnight Cowboy

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A 1969 film adapted from the novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

Joe Buck (Voight) is a dishwasher in a rural Texas diner. He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. One day, he decides to dress like a rodeo cowboy and move to New York City, 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 (Hoffman), a small-time con man with a bad leg and tuberculosis. 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—this being when the new "X" rating was meant to signify any kind of film for adults only and was not yet associated with porn (it was reduced to an "R" the following year anyway). However, it won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Director and for Waldo Salt's adapted screenplay, and is now seen as one of the defining movies of its era.


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