“Uh, well sir, I ain’t a f’real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!”
The 60s were a time of cultural revolution in America, and most great American films from that decade addressed that. Films like The Graduate and Breakfast at Tiffany’s tried to show the dark side of that emerging culture as well as its better points. But by the end of the 60s, the cultural revolution won out. In 1969, Midnight Cowboy showed a relic of the old culture getting ripped apart in the new America. Directed by John Schlesinger (Marathon Man, Sunday Bloody Sunday) and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in his first role after The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy is an amazing piece of cinema that excels on all levels: screenplay, acting, soundtrack, cultural significance, and many others. It was extremely edgy for its time; and even today, it’s so much more cynical, biting, and real than the typical Hollywood drivel we see each year. This film is just as sharp and poignant as it was nearly 50 years ago and deserves a spot on the watch-list of any movie buff.