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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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Uncle Bob
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Aunt Corene
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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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The film's director James Bridges said of this movie for the picture's publicity: "The film is a real look at the lifestyle of a mechanized West and the need for fantasy by those in contemporary society who work daily in dangerous jobs. In the saloon they go to at night after work these men create another reality for themselves, almost a small town where they live the cowboy myth". See more »

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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

Bud: Now, you gotta learn something - there are just certain things a girl cain't do.
Sissy: Name one.
Marshall: I can name serval, pissin' on the side of a wall, gettn laid while your pants are still on...
Sissy: Why would you want to?
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Times Like These
Written by Dan Fogelberg
Performed by Dan Fogelberg
EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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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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