"I'm walkin' here!" Originally given an X rating in 1969 for its seamy, sex-trade setting and gritty, gutter atmospherics, John Schlesinger's daring film shocked the establishment by winning Oscars® for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. Naive Texas hayseed Joe Buck (Jon Voight) arrives in New York City with dreams of becoming a professional gigolo, but his clumsy attempts to cash in go from bad to worse. His luck changes after he meets (and gets fleeced by) hapless street hustler Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), who eventually becomes Joe's manager and devoted friend. John Barry's iconic score and Harry Nilsson's performance of Fred Neil's theme song "Everybody's Talkin'" both won Grammy Awards®. "MIDNIGHT COWBOY's peep-show vision of Manhattan lowlife may no longer be shocking, but what is shocking… is to see a major studio film linger this lovingly on characters who have nothing to offer the audience but their own lost souls." – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly. DIR John Schlesinger; SCR Waldo Salt, from the novel by James Leo Herlihy; PROD Jerome Hellman. U.S., 1969, color, 113 min. RATED R
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Copies of Glenn Frankel's book "Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic" will be available for sale and signing.
About Glenn Frankel
Glenn Frankel worked for many years at The Washington Post, where he served as bureau chief in London, Jerusalem and Southern Africa, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for International Reporting. He taught journalism at Sanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he directed the School of Journalism. He has won the National Jewish Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His books on THE SEARCHERS and HIGH NOON were bestsellers that have won critical acclaim; his latest, "Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic," was published in March 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.