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Midnight Cowboy (1969)


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Midnight Cowboy (1969)

 

Midnight Cowboy is a supposed classic that I figured was about time that I watched to see for myself.

The film is about a wannabe cowboy named Joe Buck (Jon Voight) from Texas who moves to New York City to become a gigolo.  Joe becomes friends with a sick and crippled con man named Ratso Rizzo.  Both men struggle for survival living on the streets.

Midnight Cowboy Hoffman Voight

The film was directed by John Schlesinger and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Sylvia Miles, Bob Balaban, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Ruth White, and Jennifer Salt.

This movie did not really seem like it would appeal to me.  The only reason I wanted to watch it was to see Hoffman and Voight before they were really famous.  It didn’t look good and the storyline didn’t interest me at all.

I hated this movie.  It was terrible.  That might annoy some people because somehow Midnight Cowboy managed to win 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  But, I don’t care.  Midnight Cowboy was a joke.

Midnight Cowboy Hoffman

The only decent things about the film were Dustin Hoffman’s performance, the scenery of New York City in the 1960s, and the movie’s theme song “Everybody’s Talking at me” by Harry Nilsson.

The rest of the film was stupid, messed up, a little disturbing, and most of all, pointless.  It is the misadventures of two low-life wannabe hustlers.  An uneducated man travels across the country on a bus to prostitute himself.  It does not sound good and it is not good, plain and simple.

Midnight Cowboy Voight Hoffman bar

True Grit (1969) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) were both far more deserving of an Academy Award for Best Picture that year.  The fact that Midnight Cowboy won is a travesty.

I rate this movie a 1 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  RUN!

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About Brock Winspear

Structure Therapist

Posted on September 4, 2013, in Classics Movie Reviews, Don't Watch This Movie, Drama Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. So glad you watched it! What a classic. I thought the chemistry between Hoffman and Voight was outstanding.

  2. Saw this a few years ago and really, really hated it. I’m dreading having to watch it again to see all the Best Picture Winners 😦

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