MIDNIGHT COWBOY AND OTHER MAY 1969 MOVIE PREMIERS

On Sunday May 25th one of the most celebrated movies of 1969 opened- Midnight Cowboy. The movie- a drama starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman was based on a 1965 novel by James Leo Herlihy of the same name. The movie was directed by John Schlesinger. The movie is set in New York City with Voight playing a prostitute named Joe Buck [ the sportscaster Joe Buck was born earlier in May 1969} and Hoffman as an ailing con man Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo. Midnight Cowboy which was rated X- would go on to win the Oscar for Best Picture- the only X rated movie to ever do so. The movie also won for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie with a budget of 3.2 million endd up making 44.8 million and was the second biggest money making movie of 1969 behind Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.

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Other movie openings in the moth of May 1969-

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May 7- “Where’s It At”- a drama starring David Janssen, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Drivas, Brenda Vaccaro and that old hockey puck Don Rickles.

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May 7 “Sinful Davey”- An adventure/ crime/comedy film directed by John Huston and starring John Hurt and Pamela Franklin.

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May 10 “MacKenna’s Gold” A western with an all-star cast- Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy and Julie Newmar. Music- Quincy Jones.

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May 14 “Nightmare In Wax”- A thriller starring Cameron Mitchell and Anne Helm.

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May 15 “Midas Run”- A comedy starring Richard Crenna, Anne Heywood and the great Fred Astaire.

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May 22 “Winning”- a racing movie with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Robert Wagner.

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May 27 “Popi”- A comedy/drama starring Alan Arkin and Rita Moreno.

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May 27 “The Grasshopper”- Drama starring Jacqueline Bisset, Jim Brown and Joseph Cotten.

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May 28 “The April Fools”- Romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve.

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May 29 “”Che!”- Biographical movie about Che Guevara with Omar Sharif.

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May 29 ” Once Upon A Time In The West” Spaghetti western starring Hank Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale and Jason Robards.

9 responses to “MIDNIGHT COWBOY AND OTHER MAY 1969 MOVIE PREMIERS

  1. OMG that Paul Newman one was the movie they made at the same time (~ the same time) as Le Mans that Steve McQueen got all bent out of shape about. I didn’t understand Midnight Cowboy as a kid. You sure can see who Anjelina gets her looks from. And Jon’s brother is a famous songwriter?? I’m sure I’ve seen that last movie also.

    • I didn’t know Voight’s brother was Chip Taylor… he was also in the news today- Voight was- saying DJT is the greatest POTUS since Lincoln.. I didn’t realize he was a presidential historian! lol

  2. I watched Once Upon A Time In The West in the past year when I was watching a lot of Spaghetti Westerns…I liked it a lot.

    • I saw it too- the ones on that list I’ve seen Midnight Cowboy- Winning and Once Upon A Time In The West .

    • This is true i remember the first time I saw it- in the early 80’s- I was puzzled- this was rated X?

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