Midnight Cowboy

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Outrageously overrated at the cynical end of the Swinging Sixties, when the seedy New York milieu in which the pathetic buddy-buddy story takes place was thought to be truthfully depicted. Instead, as Voight's likeably dumb Texan hick hustler teams up with limping guttersnipe Hoffman in an effort to make enough money from the wealthy women of New York to fulfil dreams of living in sunny Florida, the film indulges in bland satire, fashionable flashiness, and a sodden sentimentality that never admits either to its homosexual elements or to the basic misogyny of its stance. Add to that a glamorisation of poverty and an ending that makes Love Story seem restrained, and you have a fairly characteristic example of Schlesinger's shallow talent. (From a novel by James Leo Herlihy.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Sunday May 25 1969
Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Schlesinger
Screenwriter: Waldo Salt
Cast: Jon Voight
Dustin Hoffman
Sylvia Miles
Brenda Vaccaro
John McGiver
Barnard Hughes
Ruth White
Jennifer Salt
Gil Rankin
Bob Balaban
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