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Midnight Cowboy (18)

27 Sep
03 Oct 2019

Directed by

John Schlesinger

Midnight Cowboy

One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late 1960s to make Midnight Cowboy, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman. Winner of a slew of awards at the 1969 Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director), Midnight Cowboy is gritty yet warm story of an affectionate friendship between two drifters in a decaying late-1960s New York. Featuring landmark performances from its two leads and an iconic musical score, BFI Distribution celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Midnight Cowboy with a new digital 4K restoration.

"Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic" - ★★★★★ Empire Magazine