As part of our warmup for the upcoming Oscar awards, Ed and I watched Midnight Cowboy tonight, 50 years after its release in 1969.
Even after all these years, the film was unsettling to watch. Jon Schlesinger’s gritty, disturbing look at the underbelly of American life features two losers, a con man and a hustler, played by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman (both in career-making roles), scrabbling to survive in the big, bad city of New York. Hoffman allegedly put pebbles in his shoes to acquire Ratso Rizzo’s limp.
Midnight Cowboy was the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy’s best picture award, although this classification no longer exits. It also won best director for Schlesinger.
And it was the first LGBT best picture winner.
It’s a movie that still makes me cry after all these years.