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Urban Cowboy ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 nominations.
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Bud Davis
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Sissy
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Wes Hightower
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Pam (as Madolyn Smith)
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Bob Davis
Brooke Alderson ...
Corene Davis
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Marshall
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Steve Strange
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Johnny Lee ...
Self
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Self
The Charlie Daniels Band ...
Themselves
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Bud's Mom
Ed Geldart ...
Bud's Dad
Leah Geldart ...
Bud's Sister
Keith Clemons ...
Bud's Brother
Howard Norman ...
Bud's Brother
Sheryl Briedel ...
Lou Sue
Sean Lawler ...
Willie
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Gator
Minnie Elerick ...
Minnie
David Ogle ...
Killer
Bret Williams ...
Wayne
Tamara Champlin ...
Gilley Background Vocalist (as Tamara Matuesian)
Becky Conway ...
Gilley Background Vocalist
Sherwood Cryer ...
Sherwood Cryer
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Sexy Sister
Cyndy Hall ...
Sexy Sister
Lucky Mosley ...
Plant Supervisor
Zetta Raney ...
Chrystal
Ellen March ...
Becky
Gina Alexander ...
Waitress #2
Steven Chambers ...
Truck Driver in Parking Lot (as Steve Chambers)
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Wedding Party
Anson Downes ...
Wedding Party
W.P. Wright III ...
Gilley's Bartender
Steve Strange ...
Sam Strange
Norman Tucker ...
Norman (Bullrider)
Debie Tucker ...
Debbie
Jessie La Rive ...
Jessie
Bettye Fitzpatrick ...
Sissy's Mom
Jim Gough ...
Sissy's Dad
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Marshalene
Glen Holtzman ...
Plant Foreman (as Glenn Holtzman)
Christopher Saylors ...
Bubba
Daniel Heintschel Jr. ...
Big 'C'
Ben P. Brannon III ...
Ben
Robert Lewis Bush ...
Dwight (as Robert Bush)
James N. Harrell ...
Minister at Gravesite
Julie Bailey ...
Singer at Gravesite
Gene McLaughlin ...
Trick Roper
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Pam's Girlfriend #2 (uncredited)
Billy Dan Chadwick ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Steve M. Clark ...
Gilley's Bar Patron (uncredited)
Michael D. Conway ...
Gilleys Dancer (uncredited)
Dancer ...
Tug Wilson (uncredited)
Gene Forsythe ...
Mechnical Bull Cowboy at Gilley's (uncredited)
Terry Holbrook ...
Girl at Bar (uncredited)
Donald Cowboy Hoofard ...
Cowboy / Dancer (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Mike Mackey ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Jake Messinger ...
Dancer / Backup Singer (uncredited)
Tug Wilson ...
Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Bridges ... (directed by)

Written by

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Aaron Latham ... (story "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy")
 
James Bridges ... (screenplay by) and
Aaron Latham ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

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Irving Azoff ... producer (produced by)
C.O. Erickson ... executive producer
Robert Evans ... producer (produced by)

Music by

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Ralph Burns ... (score)

Cinematography by

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Reynaldo Villalobos ... director of photography (as Ray Villalobos)

Film Editing by

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David Rawlins ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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William 'Skip' Greene ... assistant editor
Christopher Koefoed ... assistant editor
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly ... assistant editor (as Priscilla Nedd)
Sonya Sones ... assistant editor
Richard Garibaldi ... home video mastering colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Congetta Bish

Production Design by

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Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)

Art Direction by

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W. Stewart Campbell

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Silvia Abascal ... hair stylist: John Travolta
Wes Dawn ... makeup artist
Frank Griffin ... makeup artist
Susan Zietlow-Maust ... hair stylist (as Susan Zietlow)

Production Management

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C.O. Erickson ... production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marty P. Ewing ... assistant director
Kim Kurumada ... assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro ... assistant director

Art Department

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Jeff Clark ... set painter
Dudley Holmes ... property master (as Ace Holmes)
Ida Random ... assistant art director
Ray Villalobos Sr. ... painter

Sound Department

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Willie D. Burton ... sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Jeff Clark ... assistant sound editor
Robert W. Harris ... sound crew (as Bob Harris)
Marvin E. Lewis ... sound crew (as Marvin Lewis)
Bob Minkler ... re-recording mixer
James Troutman ... supervising sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Richard Tyler ... re-recording mixer
Ray West ... re-recording mixer
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)
Jayme S. Parker ... sound editor (uncredited)
David A. Whittaker ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Bob Bush ... special effects
David Domeyer ... special effects
Milt Rice ... special effects supervisor (as Milton Rice)

Stunts

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Gene Hartline ... stunts
Chris Howell ... stunt coordinator
Denny Arnold ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bob Ball ... camera operator
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician
Donald L. Hartley ... dolly grip
George Holmes ... gaffer
Gene Kearney ... key grip
Elliott Marks ... still photographer
Charles Minsky ... assistant camera (as Chuck Minsky)
Bob Munoz ... best boy grip
Ron Phillips ... still photographer
Víctor Pérez ... lighting technician
John Toll ... camera operator
Stan McClain ... aerial unit camera assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Congetta Bish ... extras casting
Marion Dougherty ... casting: Los Angeles
Liz Keigley ... casting: Houston
Shari Rhodes ... casting: Houston
M.L. Tanner ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Aggie Guerard Rodgers ... ladies costume supervisor
Frank Scarano ... wardrobe assistant
G. Tony Scarano ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Justin Buehrlen ... location auditor
Marty P. Ewing ... location assistant (as Marty Ewing)
Frank Mancuso Jr. ... location assistant

Music Department

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Ralph Burns ... music adaptor
Robby Campbell ... composer: additional music
Nancy Fogarty ... music editor
Jim Henrikson ... music editor
Wayland Holyfield ... composer: additional music
Bob House ... composer: additional music
Wanda Mallette ... composer: additional music
Becky Mancuso-Winding ... music coordinator (as Becky Shargo)
Patti Ryan ... composer: additional music
Rusty Wier ... composer: additional music

Script and Continuity Department

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Karen Hale Wookey ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Ron Kern ... transportation coordinator
Joseph Lockwood ... driver
Joel Marrow ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Dwight Adair ... dialogue coach (as Dwight R. Adair)
Mark D. Andrews ... production assistant
Joy Anzarouth ... assistant: C.O. Erickson
Cathy Chazan ... assistant: Mr. Evans
Michelle Cohen ... special publicist
Joan Edwards ... assistant: John Travolta
Debbie Getlin ... assistant: James Bridges
Clifford Green ... assistant: C.O. Erickson (as Clifford J. Green)
Barbara Kalish ... executive assistant: Robert Evans
Gene Kraft ... title designer
Bob Le Mond ... production consultant
Ron Mitchell ... production assistant
Lisa Niemi ... choreographer
Stephanie Pond-Smith ... assistant: Mr. Evans (as Stephanie Aranas)
Patsy Swayze ... choreographer
Jerry Wurms ... executive assistant: John Travolta
Lois Zetter ... production consultant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Hard hat days and honky-tonk nights. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Urban Cowboy (United States)
  • Cowboy de ciudad (Spain)
  • Городской ковбой (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • O Cowboy da Noite (Portugal)
  • Miejski kowboj (Poland)
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  • 132 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Robert Evans sent Debra Winger back from location because he did not think she was attractive enough for the lead; it was only at the insistence of Director James Bridges that she did the role. See more »
Goofs The terrain of Houston/Pasadena Texas is very flat, yet as Bud and other characters are seen driving down his street in the trailer park, a significant range of hills is easily noticed in the background. (These scenes were filmed in a trailer park in a suburb of Los Angeles called Pico Rivera, California, and the hills are the San Gabriel Mountains.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Hello Texas See more »
Quotes Sissy: You a real cowboy?
Bud: Well that depends on what you think a real cowboy is?
Sissy: Know how to do 2-step?
Bud: You bet.
Sissy: Wanna prove it?
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