Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy is an ultra-realistic, adult film with sordid, downbeat and serious content, from British director John Schlesinger. The film portrays the unlikely companionship and poignant tragic drama of two homeless, down-and-out, anti-hero drifters who are powerfully bonded together in a tale resembling Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. With a misleading title for the morality tale about the venomous American class system, some viewers thought it was a western; in fact, the film's title expresses the code name for a "male hustler" - the self-professed occupation of one of the characters, a slow-witted, fringe-jacketed Texan dishwasher transplanted to the big, apathetic city of New York to hopefully become a high-paid street gigolo. It was notable for being the first and only X-rated film (its nude scenes and bold content - sex and drugs - were shocking for its time, but its X-rating for its initial release was later downgraded to R when the film was re-released in late 1970) to receive the Best Picture Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It garnered seven nominations, including Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight), Best Supporting Actress (Sylvia Miles in an extremely brief on-screen role), and Best Film Editing (Hugh A. Robertson), and ended up with three Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay (by Waldo Salt from James Leo Herlihy's 1965 novel). It was an archetypal film for the "New Hollywood" of the 70s, with its adult themes of alienation, sex and drugs, anti-authoritarianism, and a quest for freedom.

Waldo Salt

Adam Dutch

Hugh A. Robertson

Jerome Hellman

Brenda Vacarro
Dustin Hoffman
John McGiver
John Voight
Sylvia Miles

John Barry

Best Actor
Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar
Best Director
Best Director-Foreign Film
Best Editing
Best Film
Best Foreign Actor David di Donatello
Best Picture
Best script
Most Promising Newcomer Bafta
OCIC Award Berlin

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