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