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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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.


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Western


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Did You Know?


Clint Eastwood was considered for the role of Curly, but wanted way more money than the budget could afford. See more »


When Phil is holding the drunk cowboy at gunpoint, you can see bullets in the cylinder. But immediately after, and without any shots fired, the chamber is empty. See more »


[first lines]
[running through the streets in front of angry bulls, deliberately]
Mitch Robbins: Whose idea was this anyway?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show a cartoon of a cowboy practicing with a lasso See more »

Alternate Versions

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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(Playing in the background at the party)
Written By Joe Zawinul (as Joe Zawinul)
Performed by Weather Report
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three men in mid-life crisis go on a cattle drive
13 June 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A wonderful, wonderful film, and if you're my age, you'll cry.

From 1991, "City Slickers" stars Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Jack Palance, Patricia Wettig, and Helen Slater. Three men (city folk) whose lives range from unhappy to disastrous go on a two week holiday in the wild west driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. There, on the open range, away from their responsibilities, they can perhaps sort out what they want and who they are.

Crystal is Mitch, a happily married man with children who hates his job and is depressed most of the time. When he gets a 30th birthday gift from his pals to do the cattle drive, his wife (Wettig) insists that he go rather than visit her family. If he hesitates, it's because his friend Ed's last idea, of running with the bulls in Pamplona, was a horror.

Phil (Stern) is humiliated at Mitch's 30th birthday party when a woman who works for him comes in and announces she's missed her period, thus causing his wife to dump him on the spot - though they've been miserable for years.

Ed has a lingerie model girlfriend who wants a family, but he's having trouble making a commitment.

So all three go.

There, they meet some real cowboys, and the oldest one, Curly (Palance), is one tough cookie. But Mitch is able to spend some time with him, and Curly tells him that only one thing matters. Just one. But you have to figure out what that one thing is. When Mitch has a crisis, he finally finds out what it is for him.

I really loved this film. It was absolutely hilarious, with some of Billy Crystal's fabulous delivery, and yet very touching at the same time. A perfect combination, something that's not always easy to achieve. Very well acted and directed, the film moves along beautifully.

Highly recommended. Full of wit, with some excitement, and poignant moments.

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Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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City Slickers See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »


Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,032,121, 9 June 1991

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Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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