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Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Schlesinger
Produced by Jerome Hellman
Screenplay by Waldo Salt
Based on Midnight Cowboy
by James Leo Herlihy
Starring
Music by John Barry
Cinematography Adam Holender
Edited by Hugh A. Robertson
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • May 25, 1969 (1969-05-25)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.2 million
Box office $44.8 million

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The film was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight alongside Dustin Hoffman. Notable smaller roles are filled by Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Salt and Barnard Hughes.

The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It was the first gay-related Best Picture winner. In addition, it was the only X-rated film ever to win Best Picture, though such a classification no longer exists. It has since been placed 36th on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest American films of all time, and 43rd on its 2007 updated version.

In 1994, the film was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

As the film opens, Joe Buck (Jon Voight), a young Texan working as a dishwasher, dresses in new cowboy clothing, packs a suitcase and quits his job. He heads to New York City, hoping to succeed as a prostitute. Initially unsuccessful, he succeeds in bedding a well-to-do middle-aged New Yorker (Sylvia Miles), but Joe ends up giving her money after she ends up lashing out at him when he requests payment.



  • May 25, 1969 (1969-05-25)
  • John Barry's version, used on the soundtrack, charted at #116 in 1969.
  • Johnny Mathis's rendition, the only one containing lyrics, reached #20 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in the fall of 1969.
  • Ferrante & Teicher's version, by far the most successful, reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #2 Adult Contemporary in the winter of 1970.
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