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Midnight Cowboy


Dir. John Schlesinger. 1969, 113 mins. 35mm. With Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, Brenda Vaccaro. Another westerner comes east. John Voigt’s wannabe gigolo leaves Texas and winds up hustling on 42nd Street, bonded with the blighted block’s genius loci, Dustin Hoffman’s tubercular petty thief. Probably the most romantic New York movie of its era, Midnight Cowboy won Best Picture and two other Oscars despite being the first major studio production released with an X.

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