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Urban Cowboy (1980)

 -  Drama | Western  -  6 June 1980 (USA)
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John Travolta stars as a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

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Bud Davis is a country boy who moves to the city to visit his uncle. He starts hanging out at Gilley's, owned by Mickey Gilley himself. He takes a job at the refinery where his uncle works. He also meets Sissy, a cowgirl, and they 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 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 | Western

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Trivia

The film's "Urban Cowboy" title is a real-life expression used in popular speech. The Allwords Dictionary define the term as a "person living in the city that dresses in Western-style clothes". They state that the phrase's etymology has it derived from its use in this movie. See more »

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During the first kissing scene between Wes and Sissy in Wes' trailer, the shadow of a crew person can be seen in the reflection on the kitchen cabinet. See more »

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Uncle Bob: Uh-oh, get out the Alka-Seltzer.
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Love The World Away
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Like it or not, fiction it ain't
6 January 2000 | by (Durham, NC) – See all my reviews

Okay, so I have come a long way from Houston by now, but whenever I see this movie, I am taken back to a little cowgirl's dream to one day ride the bull at Gilley's. (It burned down before I was of drinking age.)

If you grew up in in East Texas, then you know this movie is an accurate depiction of contemporary life at that time. If you didn't then trust me and watch the movie. Either you will join the many who love it (and at the same time strangely repulsed), or at the very least, you can make fun of the red-necks. (There is plenty material for poking fun.) This movie doesn't try to be P.C. (what was that in the 80's) or hide the white trash element and it is honest to the time and place.

Gotta be a 10 for me!


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