Panther, London, 1971
The blurb on the back:
A Cowboy Commercial
'The compulsive appeal of a rattlesnake' - Sunday Times
In its day, of course, Midnight Cowboy was big stuff: the first X-rated movie to get a Best Picture Oscar, the launch-pad of Jon Voight's career, the film that took British kitchen-sink director John Schlesinger to America, and so on and so forth. In retrospect, the story of a Texan stud trying to make his way in the permissive amorality of New York and meeting an equally unattractive con man (played by Dustin Hoffman) doesn't really cut the mustard. Still it does have John Barry's fantastic score to recommend it, complete with the classic song 'Everybody's Talking'.
Naturally, you don't get that from the novel on which Waldo Salt's Oscar-winning screenplay was based. And you don't get much else either, to be honest. It's not that it's badly written - just a bit on the dull side, and too much an embodiment of its era to be worth spending your time with now. Your best bet is to put Faith No More's cover of the theme tune on your CD and enjoy the period charm of the sleeve.
Messrs Hoffman & Voight
ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5