Rarely has a pop song been better used as a musical accent on film, as Nilsson's sweet, soaring vocal conveys the fragile optimism of Joe Buck, the story's self-styled stud. The music buoyantly follows Joe to New York City as he dreams of his bright future as a gigolo. But as the film spirals downward, from high hopes to seedy realities and from Park Avenue to 42d Street, it delivers a stark cross section of Joe's brutalizing new world. Slapped with an X rating when it opened in , "Midnight Cowboy" was controversial in its day. That X was later scaled down to an R after the film won three Academy Awards, including the Oscar for best picture. With its vibrant New York scenes, its color and sound now restored to match present-day standards, and such stunningly good performances from Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, it's well worth watching on a big screen.
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For more information, scroll down the bottom of this article. We know now that this is not as low as New York City would sink. The s would bring further financial ruin and physical deterioration. But Midnight Cowboy is in no way sugar-coated, and for those who think they would prefer this New York over the overpriced, condo-centric Manhattan we live, work and play in today might do well to give this film a very close inspection. Given its micro-budget and cheap production values, the Dallesandro variant made it into theaters many months before Cowboy did. More on Warhol in a bit.
Midnight Cowboy is a American buddy drama film. Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film ever to win Best Picture though such a classification no longer exists. In , Midnight Cowboy was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Joe Buck, a young Texan working as a dishwasher, quits his job and heads to New York City to become a prostitute. Initially unsuccessful, he manages to bed a middle-aged woman, Cass, in her posh Park Avenue apartment.
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