Sunday, April 17, 2011

Midnight Cowboy (1969)


After leaving his quiet, small Texas town, a young male prostitute travels to New York in order to make a living off of his newly found career in female pleasure. During his stay in the Big Apple, he partners up with a slightly handicapped con artist in order to survive. However, his friend begins showing signs of a very severe sickness and dreams of Florida more than anything. This was a very powerful, disturbing and heart-wrenching tale taken from the gutters of life. It’s part experimental and part narrative yet it still manages to make you feel for the characters as they try and survive on the streets. Though Voight’s performance is solid, it’s Hoffman that steals the show as Ratso the con man.

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