The groundbreaking film, “Midnight Cowboy” was released on May 25, 1969, making it 50 years old just a couple of weeks ago.
This was a popular but controversial movie back then because it dealt with not only straight sex, but homosexual sex and that got it an X-rating back then. It ended up winning three Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, making it the only X-Rated film in history to have won the Best Picture Academy Award.
How Midnight Cowboy defied a political backlash and an X rating to win the Best Picture Oscar - A lengthy feature that details the controversy that led to the film getting an X-rating and it also reveals that Elvis Presley was offered the role of Joe Buck, but his manager, Colonel Tom Parker turned it down without telling Presley about it.
Midnight Cowboy: 25 fascinating New York details, in celebration of the film classic’s 50th anniversary - This article points out some of the New York City buildings and locations shown in the film which was shot entirely in New York City.
‘Midnight Cowboy’ turns 50: Inside the making of a film classic - Some of the actors reminisce about the film in this NY Post feature about the film’s 50th anniversary.
The May 26, 1969 NY Times Review of Midnight Cowboy - The first movie review from the NY Times back in 1969.
Midnight Cowboy: The Original Movie Trailer - The original movie trailer for the film.
Here’s what’s happening next week at MBIP!
Monday: Last night I found a hidden gem that’s only open on Friday and Saturday nights in downtown Peoria. It’s Casa de Arte and it’s a combination taco/tequila/art bar. The featured artist this month is my friend Jessica Ball. I went and had some delicious food and some tasty margaritas and checked out Jessica’s wonderful art on display!
Tuesday: It’s the 33rd week in our 13 month chicken tour and I’m going to try a chicken calzone from Double A’s in their new location…well, it’s not so new anymore, but I haven’t done a blog from there yet, so it’s new to me!
Wednesday: In this day of “no smoking” everywhere, I thought I’d visit a business called, “Smoking Pleasure By Work,” which I think is one of Peoria’s oldest cigar stores.
Thursday: This week’s Thursday Minute Marty Meal: Steaks Is High Fried Rice!
Friday: Sgt. Squeak and my mouse roommate for the last 39 years will be featured on this week’s MBIP Casual Friday edition.
Saturday: I’ll be spotlighting a dining destination for your Saturday night dinner.
Okay, I’m going to Double A’s soon to sample a chicken calzone for Tuesday’s post! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and we’ll see you all tomorrow!