Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The film was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight alongside Dustin Hoffman as the two protagonists.
The film is centered around Texan migrant Joe Buck (Voight) as he tries to live in New York City. It is also protagonized by Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Hoffman), a street con man who lives with Buck and befriends him.
Why it rocks
- Great acting, especially from Voight and Hoffman
- It has a very realistic depiction of lowlife in New York
- Very good character development. This is more evident when comparing Joe's reactions when not being paid.
- The famous "I'm walkin' here!" scene, which accidentally happened when a taxist, unaware of a film taking place, nearly hit Dustin Hoffman. To avoid ruining the take, he improvised this line.
- It has the awesome song Everybody's Talkin' At Me by Harry Nilsson.
- Some funny moments, like the cinema scene.
The movie was well received by critics and audiences alike, grossing $11 million in rentals at the North American box office and winning three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay).
Critics particularly praised the acting performances of the protaginist duo, which keeps the viewer interested in the movie despite the disturbing (but accurate) representation of the urban american's low society.
Midnight Cowboy has a RottenTomatoes average critic rating of 8.2/10.