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City Slickers (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 June 1991 (USA)
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On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

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Ron Underwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Mitch Robbins
Daniel Stern ... Phil Berquist
Bruno Kirby ... Ed Furillo
Patricia Wettig ... Barbara Robbins
Helen Slater ... Bonnie Rayburn
Jack Palance ... Curly
Noble Willingham ... Clay Stone
Tracey Walter ... Cookie
Josh Mostel ... Barry Shalowitz
David Paymer ... Ira Shalowitz
Bill Henderson ... Ben Jessup
Jeffrey Tambor ... Lou
Phill Lewis ... Steve Jessup
Kyle Secor ... Jeff
Dean Hallo Dean Hallo ... T.R.
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Storyline

Mitch is a middle aged big-city radio ads salesman. He and his friends Ed and Phil are having mid-life crisis. They decide the best birthday gift is to go on a two week holiday in the wild west driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. There they meet cowboy Curly who not only teaches them how to become real cowboys, but also one or two other things about life in the open air of the west. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Yesterday They Were Businessmen. Today They're Cowboys. Tomorrow They'll Be Walking Funny.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Slickers See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,032,121, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$124,033,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,033,791
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Crystal was so impressed with the performance of David Paymer in this film that he went on to cast him as his brother in Mr. Saturday Night (1992). The role would earn Paymer an Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

When Cookie starts driving the wagon while drunk, you can clearly see someone in the wagon looking out from under Cookie's bench. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[running through the streets in front of angry bulls, deliberately]
Mitch Robbins: Whose idea was this anyway?
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The opening credits show a cartoon of a cowboy practicing with a lasso See more »

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German version is cut by approx. four minutes (a lengthy dialogue scene where the guys ride through a valley). This was reinstated for the 2003 MGM DVD release. See more »

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Fun Movie with Hilarious Jack Palance Performance
19 November 2008 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

This enjoyable comedy about a bunch of soft city guys who test their mettle on a cattle ranch has one major thing to recommend it: Jack Palance, in an all too brief appearance as a scary cowboy named Curly. Palance is obviously having a ball, and so do we.

I don't know if he deserved an Oscar for it, but oh well. At least we got to see him do one-arm pushups when he accepted his statue.

Favorite exchange: Billy Crystal: "Morning Curly. Kill anyone today?" Jack Palance (chomping on a cigar with a look of satisfaction): "Day's not over yet."

Grade: B+


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