Urban Cowboy


Urban Cowboy

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"You a real cowboy?" John Travolta traded disco for a mechanical bull in this adaptation by James Bridges and Aaron Latham of Latham's article on Western nightlife. Texas country boy Bud (Travolta) moves to Houston to work on an oil rig with his Uncle Bob (Barry Corbin), and he swiftly becomes indoctrinated in the nighttime rituals of drinking, dancing, and showing off cowboy duds at Gilley's, the enormous local honkytonk. There he meets and marries the sassy Sissy (Debra Winger), but the honeymoon quickly ends when Sissy starts spending too much time learning the men-only skill of mechanical bull-riding from ex-con Wes (Scott Glenn); Bud throws her out and hooks up with slumming Pam (Madolyn Smith). Under the paternal tutelage of Uncle Bob, Bud then learns not only how to master the bull but also what it takes to be a real man rather than just an ersatz cowboy. With a story, cast, and setting that were essentially Saturday Night Fever country-style, Urban Cowboy was poised to be a summer 1980 hit. Although its box office did not live up to Fever's legacy, Urban Cowboy did spawn a soundtrack album of country-and-western hits and helped spur a Western fashion vogue; people from all regions began sporting cowboy boots, and mechanical bulls started replacing passé disco floors. The first of Travolta's many comebacks, Urban Cowboy provided the star with a more "manly" image after his Moment by Moment (1978) fiasco, but it was neophyte co-star Winger who got even better notices. With its Western milieu and retro view of relationships, Urban Cowboy stands as a sign of the nascent Reagan era, as '70s icon Travolta learned bull-riding himself and replaced his white polyester with a black Stetson. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

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Barry Corbin
as Bob Davis
Brooke Alderson
as Corene Davis
Betty Murphy
as Bud's Mom
Ed Geldart
as Bud's Dad
Leah Geldart
as Bud's Sister
Charlie Daniels
as Musical Appearance
Keith Clemons
as Bud's Brother
Howard Norman
as Bud's Brother
Sheryl Briedel
as Bud's Cousin
Sean Lawler
as Bud's Cousin
David Ogle
as Killer
Bettye Fitzpatrick
as Sissy's Mom
Jim Gough
as Sissy's Dad
Johnny Lee
as Himself
Bonnie Raitt
as Himself
Tamara Matusian
as Gilley Background Vocalist
Becky Conway
as Gilley Background Vocalist
Sherwood Cryer
as Sherwood Cryer
Jerry Hall
as Sexy Sister
Cyndy Hall
as Sexy Sister
Lucky Mosley
as Plant Supervisor
Zetta Raney
as Chrystal
Steve Chambers
as Truck Driver
Ann Travolta
as Wedding Party Member
Anson Downes
as Wedding Party Member
W.P. Wright III
as Gilley's Bartender
Steve Strange
as Sam Strange
Connie Hanson
as Marshalene
Glenn Holtzman
as Plant Foreman
James N. Harrell
as Minister at Gravesite
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Critic Reviews for Urban Cowboy

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Audience Reviews for Urban Cowboy

  • Nov 23, 2009
    The title explains easily, why this film is pretty bad.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2009
    A pleasant surprise. I'd read that this was one of the most popular movies from my birth year, so I watched it and immediately said it was one of the best movies I'd ever seen.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2009
    For one more time stars going to my favorit acror John Travolta. Film didn't like.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2009
    One of my favourites of Travolta.
    The B Super Reviewer

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