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Urban Cowboy (1980)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  6 June 1980 (USA)
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Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

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Bud
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Madolyn Smith Osborne ...
Pam (as Madolyn Smith)
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Uncle Bob
Brooke Alderson ...
Aunt Corene
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Marshall
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Mickey Gilley ...
Himself
Johnny Lee ...
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Charlie Daniels ...
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Taz Di Gregorio ...
Himself (as Charlie Daniels Band)
Charlie Hayward ...
Himself (as Charlie Daniels Band)
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Bud's Mom
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Bud Davis is a country boy who moves to the city to visit his uncle and his family. He starts hanging out at Gilley's, the popular nightclub owned by Mickey Gilley himself. He takes a job at the oil refinery where his uncle works, hoping to save enough money to buy some land. He also meets a cowgirl named Sissy, they dance together, fall in love and suddenly get married. And then their marriage is shattered when Bud sees Sissy allegedly seeing con man Wes, who teaches her how to ride the mechanical bull... and plans to rob Gilley's. When a bull-riding contest at Gilley's is announced, Bud decides to sign up. Can he win the contest and save his marriage to Sissy? Written by watzdabigdeal <watzdabigdeal@aol.com>

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Hard hat days and honky-tonk nights.

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Trivia

To prepare for his lead role, star John Travolta frequented clubs and bars in Houston, Texas, particularly Gilley's, the picture's main real-life central locale honky-tonk. See more »

Goofs

Scene with Wes drinking tequila with Sissy - he states "la vida luna" - "the crazy life." "La vida luna" translates to: "the moon life." He should have said "la vida loca." See more »

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[Bud is upset that Sissy left before he got the rodeo prize]
Pam: You did it for her; didn't you?
Bud: What?
Pam: Practicing, winning, all that, didn't you?
Bud: What are you talkin' about?
Pam: Because you sure didn't do it for me.
Bud: Pam, this ain't no time to start this with me, what are you talking about?
Pam: Look, I'm a shit, but I'm not that big a shit. I have to tell you something, remember when you came home from ridding on the bull that first time and the trailer was all clean and flowers around; I didn't do that, ...
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Orange Blossom Special/Hoedown
Written by Ervin T. Rouse (as Ervin Rouse)
Performed by Gilley's 'Urban Cowboy' Band
MCA Inc. (ASCAP)
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27 March 2002 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I bellied up to the bar expecting this to be a hot beer on a sweltering Texas day but was pleasantly surprised. After suffering through "Saturday Night Foolishness" I had no desire to see a re-make in some south Texas barnyard....and I didn't. John Revolta was good as the jealous redneck, Scott Glenn was well cast as a thuggie ex-con, and Debra Winger was, as always, a delight. *Love that woman* Plus, the soundtrack was dynamite [and this comes from a guy that can't stand the sound of country music]. A fun film all the way.


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