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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam (as Madolyn Smith)
Uncle Bob
Brooke Alderson ...
Aunt Corene
Mickey Gilley ...
Johnny Lee ...
Charlie Daniels ...
Himself (as Charlie Daniels Band)
Taz Di Gregorio ...
Himself (as Charlie Daniels Band)
Charlie Hayward ...
Himself (as Charlie Daniels Band)
Bud's Mom


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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Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cowboy de ciudad  »

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Charlie Daniels:  As himself. See more »


After Bud takes Sissy's blindfold off and shows her their new mobile home, you can see two crewman behind the home next door, one moving quickly to get off camera. See more »


Bud: What happened to your face?
Sissy: Got hit.
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Lyin' Eyes
Written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
Performed by Eagles
Cass County Music Company/Red Cloud Music (ASCAP)
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An entertaining period piece. Travolta shines.
28 August 2003 | by (Omaha, NE USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a classic compared to the Latham/Bridges/Travolta misfire called PERFECT which came out in 1985.

This film showcases the Houston lifestyle of the oil boom in the early 1980s. We get an insider's view of their jobs, hangouts, and relationships as Travolta and the gang live out their daily lives.

There are some excellent supporting performances here, but make no mistake: THIS IS TRAVOLTA'S SHOW! Who would have thought at the time he'd make such a credible Texan? You almost have to remind yourself this guy was one of the Sweathogs from Welcome Back Kotter. We get to see him dance, fight, ride a mechanical bull, and score with a number of hot women. What more could you ask for? I think this is his best performance to date.

The soundtrack is one of the best I've heard. You won't hear any of this crappy pop-country that is en vogue today. It's just good old fashioned music you can dance or make love to.

This film displays the downfalls of couples who get married too quickly in a very realistic manner. Bud and Sissy resemble a lot of young couples without big bank accounts who have trouble getting along.

Scott Glenn makes a terrific villain, too.

Do yourself a favor and see this one. Or see it again if it's been a while. Travolta could use a hit movie like this one right about now in his career.

9 of 10 stars

So sayeth the Hound.

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