Midnight Cowboy (50th Anniversary Release)
Despite its X rating, Midnight Cowboy won Oscars® for best film, director and screenplay – fifty years on, it’s never looked better.
Dir John Schlesinger
With Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, Brenda Vaccaro
A BFI release
After a year of uncertainty when he almost decided to leave film behind, Hoffman (against industry advice) took the role of seedy conman ‘Ratso’ Rizzo and delivered a remarkable performance. Voight is equally impressive as naive young Texan Joe Buck, who arrives in New York believing that women will be falling at his feet, but finds himself sharing a squat with his unlikely ally. Midnight Cowboy is bleak and uncompromising, yet at its heart is an affectionate friendship between two drifters, set against a great John Barry soundtrack. We celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary with a new digital 4K restoration.
Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer