MID­NIGHT COW­BOY 20th Cen­tury Fox Home En­ter­tain­ment 1969 (18), £12.99

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One of the ar­che­typal films of the 1960s, this ground­break­ing movie made a star of Jon Voight and fea­tures out­stand­ing per­for­mances by both him and Dustin Hoff­man, who plays a char­ac­ter about as far re­moved from his Grad­u­ate al­ter ego as it’s pos­si­ble to imag­ine. Voight stars as Joe Buck, a naive hick from the South who dreams of a new life in New York, mak­ing money as a “stud” to des­per­ate Park Av­enue house­wives. Too gullible and sim­ple to sur­vive alone in the big city, he is happy to team up with street­wise Ratso Rizzo (Hoff­man), a crip­pled pick­pocket liv­ing in a squalid, con­demned Bronx ten­e­ment. With Ratso’s wiles and Joe’s looks, they’re con­vinced that they’ll make a de­cent liv­ing but the re­al­ity proves some­what dif­fer­ent.

Mov­ing and in­sight­ful, this once-con­tro­ver­sial film still packs a punch with its no-holds-barred look at two char­ac­ters liv­ing on the fringes of so­ci­ety. Hoff­man and Voight are su­perb as the mis­fits who form a deep bond, while di­rec­tor John Schlesinger brings their world to life so vividly that you can al­most smell Ratso’s grimy apart­ment. The spe­cial fea­tures in­clude a fas­ci­nat­ing ret­ro­spec­tive. But why is there barely a men­tion of the iconic John Barry score and Fred Neil’s song Ev­ery­body’s Talkin’? (1969)

Jen­nifer Gar­ner, cen­tre, tries to see be­yond her fi­ance’s death in Catch and Re­lease

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