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?
Hard hat days and honky-tonk nights.
Did You Know?
Immediately upon completing the editing of The China Syndrome
(1979), Writer and Director James Bridges
began writing "The Urban Cowboy", whose final title would be Urban Cowboy
(1980), which Bridges directed on location in Houston, Texas. See more
Bud's truck does not have a Texas Inspection Certificate sticker on its driver's side windshield - a strictly enforced requirement for all Texas-registered passenger vehicles and light trucks since 1950. See more
Damn Bud, Ya'll live like pigs!
The conversation that Bud has with Uncle Bob right before Bud shaves off his beard was cut for the VHS release. See more