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April 21, 2006

Midnight Cowboy - 3

This film won best picture in 1969 and stars Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in early roles, which were the main reasons to watch this film. But it was a disappointing film. The story follows Joe Buck who leaves Texas for NYC to become a hustler, it doesn't work out but he makes a friend. The film does use some really good flash back sequences that are somewhat helpful in understanding the characters. It was a controversial film when it was released, and probably still should be (more controversial than Brokeback Mountain in my opinion). I think the film wants to deal with the past that has brought these characters to where they are, but the viewer has to do most of the work (I think it is also an issue of the time that this film was made, Vietnam, etc.). Most people can probably miss seeing this film.

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