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A texas farmer moves to the city immerses himself in honky-tonk and falls for a sexy cowgirl. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 03/22/2005 Starring: John Travolta Charlie Daniels Run time: 132 minutes Rating: Pg Director: James Bridges

John Travolta traded in disco duds for a cowboy hat in this corny love story about a working man who breaks up with his girlfriend (Debra Winger), then plays out their relationship's turmoil inside a huge honky-tonk called Gilley's. The story essentially parallels Travolta's prior hit film, Saturday Night Fever, in its blend of ordinary life, incomplete relationships, and personal pride channeled into niche stardom at a neighborhood club. But for all its regional flavor, Urban Cowboy never enjoys the immediacy and urgency of Fever, and after awhile you can't help but feel bemused by the macho silliness of ongoing "mechanical bull" competitions (basically a faux rodeo device only brave men can master at great chiropractic risk). The Travolta-Winger relationship is pure soap, as well. But this film really is a kind of time-capsule piece on a lot of levels--notably Travolta's career and late '70s Western kitsch--and while it's silly, it's certainly not disagreeable. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

    If your not from the south you might find this movie hard to enjoy.... I, myself thought the movie was out standing. You see being from the south and growing up in a honky tonk, its easy for me to relate.!...more info
  • DVD Disappointing But Still Absolutely Superb
    I was crushed to find that the DVD does not include certain key deleted scenes. Perhaps that will be remedied after customer demand becomes known to the producers. You will remember that Wes Hightower used the mechanical bull, at one point, to break Bud's arm at Gilley's. Bud accordingly had to leave his job, since he was no longer capable of manual labor ("I'm sorry, Bud, I really am," the foreman told him) and he had to get fill-in work clerking at a convenience store. There's a scene in the film where we briefly see Bud wearing the shirt from that convenience store job -- but one of the deleted scenes portrayed him doing behind-the-counter work, while Uncle Bob stopped by and asked how things were going. In that vignette we saw John Travolta's indescribable acting -- the literal torture he wove into the Bud character who had lost his real job and was forced to perform demeaning 7-11 labor. This casual deletion from the main movie probably cost Travolta the Academy Award that year... and now it's not even on the DVD. What a shame. However, we DO get to see Bud rehearsing the solo dancing he did so well at Gilley's, and we see Debra rehearsing on the bull, boy oh boy. But one big question remains: What was Sissy's maiden name?...more info
  • From One Abusive Man to Another and Back
    I realize that Travolta was at the height of his stardom and Winger was an up-and-coming and talented actress. I also realize that the honky-tonk mechanical bull-riding mentality had its season of popularity.

    Even so, it is horrifying to me that a popular cable station describes Bud as a "good old boy" when he hit Sissy twice. One abusive incident would have been enough to cost this character the "good" label.

    In short, Sissy goes from the abusive Bud to the abusive "real cowboy", then back to the abusive Bud. It is rather bizarre that Bud gets angry and outraged over somebody ELSE hitting Sissy, although he does not seem to have a problem doing it himself! What an awful example to put out there for young girls to see.

    Despite the star power and the short-lived mechanical bull craze, this is a movie about unprincipled men and a girl with too little self-esteem to seek relationships elsewhere. Young and impressionable girls: beware....more info
  • Let me start by saying I loathe country music...
    Every time this movie is on, my wife and I watch it. Even if we are just flipping through the channels and it's already an hour into the picture...we watch it. It's the universal story of love told in a very simplistic way, and gives you the feeling that true love can strike anyone at any time. The two characters, Bud and Sissy, fall in love instantly, and seem to be made for each other. The passion that they share makes you feel like a kid again, and after watching this movie many times, it still gives me that feeling. It will make some of you laugh, and it will make some of you cry. Either way, you'll get a good feeling from watching this movie....more info
  • So utterly beautiful in it's complete tackiness
    Very few movies have had the impact on American culture the way Urban Cowboy has. Thank god it was temporary. But UC is almost in a class by itself as one of those flicks that when you're flipping channels at 3:00AM you just can't take your eyes off. I remember Urban Cowboy hit the theaters and overnite there were honkytonks being opened on every corner, men were sporting cowboy hats with their penny loafers, and if you didnt know how to two-step you were considered a social moron! Personally I think it's a great movie. Travolta really surprised me on the heels of SatNiteFever. Who'd a thunk. He's actually believable too. The soundtrack is awesome. Too bad Charlene Tilton, of TV's Dallas fame ruined Johnny Lee's career cause that guy was just terrific. The show stealer here is Scott Glenn as the greaser ex-con redneck cowboy. And I ain't got nothing against greaser ex-con cowboys semi-being one myself, but I've always envied what I feel to be the greatest power line of all time...."Pack-at S*#t!" Sort of like Clint's "make my day." And watching him slap Sissy around is the closest thing I'll see to my Julia Roberts fantasy so..... Like I said, beautiful. 5 Longnecks

    The DVD itself is nothing less than incredible. Outtakes, rehearsal footage, and a tremendous 5.1 remastering make for just an awesome experience for fans. One of my favorites of all time....more info

  • A cowboy's must
    John Travolta,who became famous for his role of Vinnie Barbarino on the ABC sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter",had two prior megahit starring films,"Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease". In his third megahit,this film,he is Beauford Uan "Bud" Davis,an URBAN COWBOY who moves to Houston from Spur,a small Houston suburb. He lands a job at an oil refinery where his uncle Bob works. Debra Winger is Sissy,who Bud met at Gilley's,the real-life Pasadena,TX honky tonk. Bud and Sissy fall in love and get married at the hot nightspot. Scott Glenn is Wes Hightower,a paroled convict who steals Sissy's heart and keeps it while she and Bud are separated and nearly divorce. Madolyn Smith in her debut,at least on the big screen,is Pam who is Bud's girlfriend during the separation. Country singer Mickey Gilley owns the nightspot with Sherwood Cryer(both appear as themselves in the film). In addition to Gilley,country artists appearing in the film are Bonnie Raitt,Johnny Lee and The Charlie Daniels Band. All four artists have contributed to the soundtrack album. This film was directed by the late James Bridges,whose prior films include SEPTEMBER 30,1955 and THE CHINA SYNDROME. Bridges subsequently directed MIKE'S MURDER also starring Winger,PERFECT,also starring Travolta,and BRIGHT LIGHTS,BIG CITY starring Michael J. Fox. Sadly,Gilley's was burned down in 1989 by a kitchen fire and was later re-christened as Gilley's Mechanical Bull & Nightclub. Travolta would have no megahit films following this one until 1989's LOOK WHO'S TALKING. He won an Oscar for his role in 1994's PULP FICTION and is still going strong in Hollywood today....more info
  • Fiddle, booze, women and bull riding....nuthin better!
    DVD version. This is a great film and I have seen it many times. Forget what other reviewers think. This movie was hot in when it came out and I was only about 6 or 7 years old, but my parents went to this movie at the drive in with us kids about 7 or 8 times and we loved every minute of it. What is so good is that it shows the classic theme of "Love conquers all". They fight, they flip each other off, they hit, curse and yell at each other but in the end the license plate goes back in the window at the end.
    The DVD is well worth the beautiful look and the movie is great for the music. I also encourage you to buy the soundtrack. Keep your mind open and realize this was the in thing after disco. I agree with another reviewer who said "Pam" and "Sissy" are well worth seeing this movie. The DVD does not contain much extra footage or extras, but I am just glad it is out on DVD. Pick it up and prepare to two step with your favorite cowgirl....more info
  • Interesting cultural shock
    Even if you're not a fan of the Country/Western culture, you'll like UC. It's an entertaining film despite its simpering, too-cutesy women, cheesy trailer parks, and overabundance of testosterone.Having been raised a Yankee and a strict Catholic, and still both to this day, I found this movie to be an interesting introduction to a different culture the first time I watched it as a teenager. In contrast to my own austere culture, I saw Houston, Texas as a place were every man was a cowboy and could dance and charm women every bit as well as he could drink, brawl, and ride the mechanical bull. As for the women, they were all flirty and outgoing, sins which the nuns in school cautioned us against. And, the big shocker, most of the people lived in a trailer park and not in a twin home! Imagine that!I would have dismissed the movie as merely a glorified saga of life in a white-trash world, but it was too engrossing. Here we have Bud, struggling to make a new life in Houston at the oil refinery, and Sissy, the quintessential country girl who's the best dancer at her CW nightclub, where she meets Bud and succumbs to his charms. Then there's Pam, the rich girl who can have anything and anyone she wants, and Wes, the charismatic ex-con who sets his hat at Sissy. They and, it seems, all of Houston hang out at Gilley's, the aforementioned nightclub, where the fists, beer, two-steppers, and testosterone fly. I found the characters and the story to be too interesting to dismiss, even if the culture was vasty different from my own. Therefore, I think UC is a crossover film that appeals to people of different cultures, musical preferences, and geographic locations....more info
  • An All Time Favorite!
    This was one of the greatest movies I have ever seen.Not only was John Travolta a good cowboy but Debra Winger(Sissy) did a super job!My son and I watched it so many times that we say what they are going too as they do.We know it by heart!!I would love to see Travolta and Winger team up again in another movie.I have the movie on VHS and DVD but if it comes on TV I have to watch it!! It's the greatest!!...more info
  • Cotton-Eyed Blow
    Running across this movie while channel surfing the other day brought back a flood of memories.

    All of them bad.

    Who can forget the "Urban Cowboy" craze shortly after this movie came out? Drugstore cowboys in redneck country are bad enough, but once John Travolta hit the silver screen spitting chaw and scootin' a boot we saw city slickers from Manhattan to Medford putting on Stetsons and Tony Lamas--cowboy wannabes who couldn't two-step with the aid of a cattle prod.

    And for what? How could the film URBAN COWBOY inspire anything, other than indigestion? Travolta and Debra Winger as "Bud and Sissy" (smile when ya say them names, pardner) are immature, self-absorbed, shallow, one-dimensional nitwits who tend to "look for love in all the wrong places" while they spend all their spare time at Gilley's "three acres of concrete prairie" and fight over which one is better riding a mechanical bull. And while we're at it, let's throw in a Southwestern twang that makes Junior Samples sound like a Rhodes scholar.

    "You a real cowboy, ain't ya?"

    Feel free to overlook the boy-meets-girl-loses-girl-gets-girl-back plot; URBAN COWBOY is bad: bad acting, unlikeable characters, mind-numbing music, laughable haircuts. At least Scott Glenn, playing a seedy ex-con, is consistent--consistently bad. He can drain the worm from a bottle of tequila and still last eight seconds on the mechanical bull. Now that's a real cowboy. Yee doggies.
    --D. Mikels...more info

  • Poor social message, but still irrestible!
    I read some of the other reviews, and it's interesting the reasons that this movie was praised. Basically this movie presents very poor social messages. I mean, it implies that domestic violence, physical fighting with peers, drinking lots, and having sex with people you don't even know just because your mad, is the cool thing to do. So again, I don't approve of the social messages.
    On the other hand, if you are between 25-37 years old, you may have a fond place in your heart for this movie, as I do! The characters are attractive, and in the end, love wins out! You see, I love this movie, only because when I first saw it, I was at the age of wanting to find out who I was. And it did seem cool to be around family and friends, dancing, pushing life a little too far, etc. I also think it's one of John Travolta's best movies. He's handsome, strong, and likeable!...more info
  • Corny as hell but ive seen alot worse
    Mechanical bull LOL hehe Mechanical bull...more info
  • One Of My All-Time Faves...
    Everybody has a different reason for being fond of a movie. This movie came out around the time I finished high school. It brings back fond memories of my boyfriend and I seeing it at the drive-in. Those were the days...... Besides was a great movie. I understand what the person below was saying when they said they appreciated the fact that the characters didn't try a Texas accent. I don't especially like it when actors try to do a southern accent either. It never does really sound like us down here...know what I mean Vern?...more info
  • Travolta at his best !!
    I was only 12 when this movie was released.Thank God it had a PG rating, otherwise I would have not been able to see it. (Strict parents). But as anyone who has seen it, the only reason it had a PG was, A) PG-13 did not yet exsist and B)Had to make sure the Grease fans could see it. (Remember they re-released Saturday Night Fever in a PG version shortly after the R). Well even by today's standards PG 's a little light but just keep the rug rats in their bedrooms.
    This has always been in my Top 5 Favorite movie list. What a great flick. I'm a yankee and don't even listen to country music. So that outa tell ya what great performances are in this picture.
    Travolta proves (even back then) he's force to be reckend with. Debra Winger is great as his on and off again wife. Standout is Scott Glenn as an x-prison inmate out to make that score (in more ways than one).
    The music is great, perfect for this movie. Cool cameos and superb direction make this a must see DVD(At any price). And finally in widescreen/ Dolby 5.1 !!!!
    And it's about time, my VHS copy (fullscreen..yuk) had terrible audio.
    Check It Out !!!!!!...more info
  • Trying To Recapture The Magic
    Urban Cowboy is an attempt to replicate the success John Travolta had with the disco scene with the country music scene that was burgeoning at the time in 1980. Whereas Mr. Travolta was perfectly cast as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever, he seems out of place as Bud in this film. The characters in the film, much like those in Saturday Night Fever, as working stiffs who escape the monotony of their lives by going to a bar to dance, drink and ride a mechanical bull. Instead of a discotheque, the main hang out is a honky tonk called Gilley's (which is a real bar owned by country music singer Mickey Gilley). The film revolves around the relationship of Bud and Sissy (played by a young Debra Winger) who meet at Gilley's. They fall in love, get married, separate as each go on dalliances with others and in the end get back together. While the film has some decent moments, the bull riding does get old after a while, a very fine soundtrack, it ultimately comes off as an attempt to recreate Saturday Night Fever and it doesn't succeed....more info
  • One of My Favorites
    I saw this movie for the first time about 10 years ago at my friend's house. My friend, who is definately not country, told me it was one of the best movies he ever saw and wouldn't let me change the channel. So after sitting through it, I realized he was right. If you haven't seen this movie, at least sit through it once. While some items in the film are relatively dated, the majority of the film holds up quite well....more info
  • An 80's Honkytonk Classic!
    Fun love story that takes place in a Texas honkytonk. Some of the best music of the 1980s, country and pop are in this film! As an added bonus many country artists have cameos; Mickey Gilley, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Lee, and Bonnie Raitt.

    Great classic 80's flick. One of my favorite shots in the movie is a wide shot of Debra Winger and John Travolta sitting at a table, facing each other in a dark and smoky night club. ...more info
  • Pure Guilty Pleasure
    Although many folks laught this flick off, I have to admit that I am extremely fond of "Urban Cowboy." My wife and I watch it just about every time it comes on television. Granted, Bud slaps around Sissy and that may turn off some folks, but deep inside, there is more love between those characters than most of the couples in film and television these days.

    With a giant honky-tonk as the primary setting, you get the expected rowdy crowds and rambunctious country music needed to set the stage. The entire story revolves around the trials and tribulations of a young couple brought together by the bull...mechanical bull that is, and how they're almost torn apart by it. They get "Bud" and "Sissy" license plates for Bud's truck. They are ecstatic over a new trailer house. They are pure white trash, and I love'em for it. Colorful characters such as Bud's aunt and uncle, Gator, the ex-con Wes, Jessie, Mickey Gilley and even the Charlie Daniel's Band make for a great movie. You couldn't make a film about a honky-tonk these days with characters like that. First of all, you'd anger someone for making the working man look like an idiot. Secondly, people will scream about spousal abuse. Lastly, there aren't many real country stars like they had back in those days. Can you imagine Tim McGraw onstage with back hair coming out of his vest instead of the incomparable Johnny Lee? I think not.

    Others say the acting is bad, that may be, but it is so bad that it is wonderful to see on screen. Travolta's bathtub scene where he fusses at Sissy(Debra Winger) for not being home when he needs her is just hilarious. Winger is at her sexiest as the somewhat tomboyish Sissy. She's probably the main reason I watch this movie over and over. When Bud's aunt enters the Dolly Parton lookalike contest, her entire character becomes the focus of the film for a few brief, funny moments. Barry Corbin was perfectly cast as Bud's well-meaning uncle. You couldn't have picked a better cast.

    Also, the characters are real. Admit it, you've seen a drunk guy at the local bar fall off of his barstool. In this movie, Gator just happens to fall off of a mechanical bull. There are always one or two fights at the bar. Also, I've seen plenty of angry drunks at the local Pitt Grill(an after-honky-tonk hangout with a great breakfast buffett at 3AM) throw fits like Bud did when Sissy gets a hat tipped to her by Wes.

    Watch this movie for the time trip it is. It's a perfect rainy-day, holdin' you're better half type of movie. Add it to your collection now....more info
  • Urban Cowboy
    #3 in Travolta's trilogy of blockbusters. He dances to disco, rock 'n' roll and country. He heads to Houston to find work and love. Gilley's is the hot spot, and it is the time of the mechanical bull. Not to be outdone, I rode the bull at a club in Nashville. I saw this nearly forgotten film on television and remembered how good it was and what a good period it was in my own life. I wore a black cowboy hat like Travolta. Debra Winger was in her prime. She is sexy in her red top, and there is plenty of chemistry. Bud and Sissy are the ideal couple even if they are trailer trash. They split up just because it feels so good getting back together. The film has good music, Looking For Love by Johnny Lee.

    ...more info
  • A ridiculous excuse for `makes no sense' cinema...
    It may possibly be one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen, but I cannot help but praise it for one very notable fact; Debra Winger is a goddess. Yes, `Urban Cowboy' is silly, predictable and unnecessary, but Winger is so good she should have won an Oscar; seriously.

    Take her out of the equation and there is no use for this ridiculous mess of a film whatsoever.

    The film tells the story of Bud, a cowboy who travels to the city to start over. He leaves his family behind (immediate that is) to move in with his Aunt and Uncle. He works in construction by day and immerses himself in the Honky-Tonk culture at a local bar by night. That is where he meets and falls in love with Sissy, a sexy young girl who could tame any mans heart. The only problem is that Bud is an unlikable controlling jerk and Sissy is headstrong and independent. So, like, they get married, fight and then split up; all because Sissy wants to ride a mechanical bull that Bud says is too dangerous for a woman. Their marriage ends bitterly; Bud shacks up with a pretty city girl and Sissy lets a local ex-con seduce her. The film boils down to a faux rodeo challenge where the men ride the mechanical bull for money.

    Really, a movie about an obsession with a mechanical bull?

    I am not a Travolta fan, but I have been known to enjoy him (especially when he works with Tarantino), but this performance was a mess. He tries way to hard to be a cowboy that he comes off comical. That and the character is just very off putting. He has no redeemable qualities, in fact he's so rigid and unlikable that when he and Sissy split up we are not upset nor do we want them to get back together. Sure, we like Sissy and we don't want to see her with that creep of a man she ran to, but we don't want to see her back with her creep of a husband either.

    Like I said; Winger is the only reason this movie is remotely watchable. She nails her portrayal of a small town girl who just wants to be loved and appreciated. Her love for Bud, no matter how ridiculous, is believable; and her interest in winning him back on her own terms is reaching.

    That, and she makes that bull look GOOD!

    So, I can't recommend this, although I wish I could since Winger's performance deserves a better movie. Anyways, this is stupid, truly, and I should give it an F, but Winger's performance is such a triumph for this film (really, superb characterization here) that I'm forced to give it a D. Still, I'd stay away unless you are a die-hard Winger fan. She has given superb performances in better films....more info
  • Okay story, but not for 2 hours and 13 minutes
    Farm boy comes to city; boy meets girl; boy marries girl; boy cheats on girl; boy gets girl back. That's essentially the film. Though it does have a fairly memorable soundtrack, you just can't stop watching the timer on the DVD to realize how much longer the movie is going to run. They couldn't have told this story in 92 minutes?...more info
  • Favorite Movie from day one!
    This movie is awesome, I wish these days were still here.
    A true country back home movie.!!!Its been my favorite since the first time I seen it when I was eight years old. And I still love it to this day. I can't get enough of this movie !!!!...more info
  • Best of Travolta's Early Films
    This was supposed to be the country version of Saturday Night Fever and was quite popular. It actually is an even better movie. The story was again taken from a magazine article on the popularity of a Texas bar named Gilley' where a new feature was the mechanical bull. The writers developed a fictional love story to tell the story of the bull along with featuring Mr. Travolta and country music. The movie was a great showcase for John Travolta's acting talents and featured two even more talented actors - Debra Winger and Scott Glenn. They blew me away then and had pretty good careers. Debra Winger left the profession for the most part but how can we forget her? Scott Glenn is still seen occasionally. The whole film jells into a fine fairy tale of love almost lost but found again. It is very moving and entertaining. ...more info
  • EXcellent Movie
    This movie is from when I wasyounger and I always used to watch it!! As a matter of fact I still watch over and over. I think this movie is a classic...more info
  • I was Marshallene Mitchell in Urban Cowboy
    I played the role of Marshallene in "Urban Cowboy" and so to answer one of your reviewers, what was Sissy's last name? well here is the way it was. We didn't have last names; at least not assigned to us when we got our scripts. I actually made mine up when I needed one quickly in the Dolly Parton Look-a-like contest. You might recall that Marshallene was caught in the trailer with Wes, the convict. This film is such a "cult favorite" that it plays every day somewhere;my residuals attest to the fact that this film is loved by many. It made a fashion statement, (people went out and bought jeans and hats and boot and belts) it gave a boost to the Club business - where more and more C/W clubs sprang up all over the country and Canada. I had a motor coach bus and opened shows for Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee and others for about 8 years - well into the late 80's. It was a magical time for all of us! It was a fun time for me and for fans. This movie is legendary and will last well beyond. Hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed playing in it.By the way, there are a lot of versions of it. The edited for TV version actually is so different - (I have several more scenes in it) - and it shows Sissy and Bud actually"dating" before they got married. The scenes were shot on location on the grass of Buffalo Bayou in Houston, Texas. I actually like that version because the original had them meeting one night at Gilley's and getting married the next afternoon!!!Connie Hanson...more info
  • This movie was great!
    I am from Texas and I feel that this movie adds to the stereotypes that texans get. We don't all go to a place like Gilley's and listen to that music and wear cowboy hats, but the movie is really great and it shows how some marriges aren't always happy and fun right from the beginning. It takes time. And yes, texans DO care if the sun don't shine....more info
  • Yeeee Haaaawwww!!!
    Folks, you can almost smell the trailer park as you watch this movie!

    For some reason, I am drawn to this film--and I have no idea why. A post-Saturday Night Fever John Travolta plays Bud Davis, a self-proclaimed cowboy who temporarily relocates to the Houston suburbs to get a job and earn enough enough money to " myself a piece of land." His uncle, played by the wonderful character actor, Barry Corbin, introduces Bud to the redneck version of nightlife--as epitomized by the huge C&W nightclub called Gilley's (3 1/2 acres in size!). While there, he meets the cute Sissy, played by Debra Winger, to whom he proposes on their first "date." Her ecstatic reaction to their new home (a trailer) is absolutely hilarious. You'd think they'd just bought a condo in Manhattan.

    Things don't go well in the marriage and they quickly separate--with the gorgeous Madolyn Smith-Osborne taking a shine to the unsophisticated cowboy and Scott Glenn, as a bull-riding ex-convict, shacking up with Winger. Throw in a mechanical bull-riding contest with a grand prize of (gasp!) $5,000 and you pretty much have the whole story.

    In the end, love triumphs to send Travolta and Winger galloping off into the sunset together.

    Oh, as an aside, I would mention that Gilley's, a real-life nightlife cowboy hot spot, burned to the ground under mysterious circumstances a few years after it was featured in the movie. Insurance fraud by arson was suspected, but I don't know if Mickey Gilley ever wound up behind bars as a result....more info
  • Good title, well done movie
    I, too, am from Texas. I appreciated the fact that Winger and Travolta did not try to use a Texas accent. Most of the time, when Hollywood tries to do a Texas accent, it comes out as a southern accent. Barry Corbin has it. Tommy Lee Jones has it (when he wants to use it). Ben Johnson had it (yes, I know he was from Oklahoma, but that's close enough). Anyhow, this movie is a good slice of life in some parts of Houston circa 1980....more info