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