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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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Wes
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Pam (as Madolyn Smith)
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Bonnie Raitt
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The Charlie Daniels Band
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Bud's Mom
Ed Geldart ...
Bud's Dad
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>

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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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Trivia

The script was originally written for Dennis Quaid for the central role of Bud. The lead part in the end went to John Travolta. See more »

Goofs

Scene with Wes drinking tequila with Sissy - he states "la vida luna" - "the crazy life." "La vida luna" translates to: "the moon life." He should have said "la vida loca." See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes The Hurt Again
Written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice
Performed by Mickey Gilley
Jack And Bill Music Company
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What a sound track !
12 March 2001 | by See 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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