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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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Bud
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Pam (as Madolyn Smith)
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Mickey Gilley ...
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Johnny Lee ...
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Herself
Charlie Daniels ...
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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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6 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Urban Cowboy  »

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$53,300,000
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The story of Bud and Sissy was loosely based on the real-life marriage of Donald "Dew" Westbrook and Betty Jo Helmer, who met at Gilley's when they were both eighteen. They married within a few months and held their wedding reception at Gilley's. They were already separated by the time the movie was being filmed and later divorced. Dew Westbook was not thrilled by the idea of being played by John Travolta, saying that he thought Travolta was "too disco". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Aunt Corene: Damn Bud, Ya'll live like pigs!
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Connections

Spoofed in Urban Cowgirls (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockin' My Life Away
Written by Mack Vickery
Performed by Mickey Gilley
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This is a great movie that I don't think gets enough credit as Saturday Night Fever or Grease in John Travolta's career. He plays a man who is in love with a girl but is too pig headed to admit his feelings to her. Instead, he wants to engage in mechanical bull riding because he thinks it will show his manhood. Even though it was made in 1980, it is still timely today. The great country music soundtrack is terrific. 10/10


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