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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.

Director:

James Bridges

Writers:

Aaron Latham (story "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy"), James Bridges (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Bud
Debra Winger ... Sissy
Scott Glenn ... Wes
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Pam (as Madolyn Smith)
Barry Corbin ... Uncle Bob
Brooke Alderson Brooke Alderson ... Aunt Corene
Cooper Huckabee ... Marshall
James Gammon ... Steve Strange
Mickey Gilley ... Mickey Gilley
Johnny Lee Johnny Lee ... Johnny Lee
Bonnie Raitt ... Bonnie Raitt
The Charlie Daniels Band The Charlie Daniels Band ... The Charlie Daniels Band
Betty Murphy ... Bud's Mom
Ed Geldart Ed Geldart ... Bud's Dad
Leah Geldart Leah Geldart ... Bud's Sister
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hard hat days and honky-tonk nights.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Urban Cowboy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$46,918,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,918,287
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The prison rodeo scene was authentic and was shot at the Huntsville, Texas state prison. The prison held a rodeo from 1931 to 1986. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bud: What happened to your face?
Sissy: Got hit.
Bud: [referring to Wes Hightower] He hit you?
Bud: [beat] I am going to KILL that son of a BITCH!
[storms off]
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Alternate Versions

The conversation that Bud has with Uncle Bob right before Bud shaves off his beard was cut for the VHS release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gold Diggers (2003) 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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What a sound track !
12 March 2001 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

The music in this movie is worth renting alone. You also get John Travolta and Debra Winger in a wonderful story about bull riding, beer, and finding true love in Texas. The two kiss scenes with John and Debra are classics. The first one on the dance floor makes you want to get up and dance. The final kiss scene completes the film with a happy ending. Even if you're not a "hick" check out this film.


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