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Urban Cowboy (1980)

Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Bud
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Wes
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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 ...
Himself
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Herself
Charlie Daniels ...
Himself (as Charlie Daniels Band)
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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PG | See all certifications »

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6 June 1980 (USA)  »

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The Urban Cowboy  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer auditioned for the role of Sissy and was producer Robert Evans' preferred choice. See more »

Goofs

When Sissy and Wes are in his trailer and Wes is still in bed asleep. In the shot, he is laying on his back with the fan blowing on him. In another camera angle, his feet hang off the bed with his toes facing the floor, therefore sleeping on his stomach. See more »

Quotes

Sissy: I got a thumb, I got a middle finger!
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Connections

Referenced in Designing Women: Of Human Bondage (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello Texas
Written by Brian Collins and Robby Campbell
Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Lively Music/New Chenaniah (BMI)
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Unlikable and Immature Characters
17 September 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The cowboy Bud Davis (John Travolta) moves from his homeland of Spur to Houston to work with his Uncle Bob (Narry Corbon) in a refinery. During the night, they go to the Gilley's Club where Bob introduces his nephew to his friends. Bud meets Sissy (Debra Winger) at the club and soon they fall in love with each other and get married. Sissy is an independent working girl and Bud is a male chauvinist that believes in the traditional role of the wife, cooking, ironing and making love. When Gilley's buys a mechanical bull for the clients, Bud likes to ride it and does not allow Sisy to ride. However she goes to the club in the afternoon and the ex-convict and operator of the bull Wes Hightower (Scott Glenn) teaches her how to ride. When Bud learns that Sissy lied to him, Bud becomes jealous and has a love affair with the wealthy Pam (Madolyn Smith) and Sissy goes to Wes' trailer. Along the days, they fight each other and try to make the other jealous. When Gilley's announces a mechanical bull's dispute, Bud wants to win Wes. Will he succeed?

"Urban Cowboy" is a silly film with unlikable and immature characters. Bud Davis is an unbearable character and Sissy is immature and fool. But the music score and the dances are highly entertaining. In addition, it is delightful to see Debra Winger very young. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Cowboy do Asfalto" ("Asphalt Cowboy")


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