Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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Directed by: John Schlesinger
Starring: Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles, Brenda Vaccaro
Midnight Cowboy ranked # 36 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 film written by Waldo Salt based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy, and directed by John Schlesinger. It stars
Dustin Hoffman, and newcomer Jon Voight in the title role.
The film is the only X-rated film to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Both Hoffman and Voight were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. For Hoffman, the role enabled him to avoid any typecasting due to his previous role in The Graduate and began his reputation as an actor of considerable dramatic range.
In 1971 the film was re-submitted to the MPAA ratings board in anticipation of a re-release. This time the board granted it an "R" rating. The re-released version of the film was identical to the original.
The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film
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