City Slickers

City Slickers

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Director: Ron Underwood

Cast: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby

     
 

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City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations. Mitch (Billy Crystal) is a radio station sales executive who finds himself in the throes of a mid-life crisis; accompanied by two friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) in the grip of similar problems, he heads toSee more details below

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Overview

City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations. Mitch (Billy Crystal) is a radio station sales executive who finds himself in the throes of a mid-life crisis; accompanied by two friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) in the grip of similar problems, he heads to New Mexico for his birthday to participate in a two-week "vacation" cattle drive to Colorado. The three friends and the rest of their group, including an attractive, newly single young woman and two African-American dentists, are all urbanites lost when it comes to herding cattle and surviving on the prairie; it's up to authentic, almost mythic cowboy Curly (Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for the role), to whip them into shape. As various adventures occur along the way, including run-ins with outlaw cattlehands, treacherous natural mishaps, and Mitch's delivery of a newborn calf, the three "city slickers" open up to each other, learn to appreciate Curly's Old West values, and begin to resolve their midlife dilemmas. When Curly dies, it's left to Mitch, Phil, and Ed to bring in the herd.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A rollicking comedy-adventure for the middle-aged man, City Slickers boasts a cactus-sharp script by the writing team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Splash, Parenthood). The dialogue is quick and funny, but the movie also achieves some surprisingly affecting moments among its rag-tag group of men on a journey of self-discovery. Director Ron Underwood does an excellent job of contrasting the urban and desert settings, and keeps the pace at a steady clip. Western veteran Jack Palance is particularly memorable as the leathery, misanthropic Curly; the role garnered him an Academy Award. Though many films in the late 1980s/early 1990s tried to capitalize on this kind of lucrative mix of comedy, drama and action, City Slickers was one of the more successful, both critically and commercially.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
UPC:
0883904107828
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
3,874

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary from director Ron Underwood and stars Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern; Featurettes: Back in the Saddle: City Slickers revisited, Bringing in the script writing City Slickers, A Star is Born: an Ode to Norman and the Real City Slickers; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 J. R
Carla Tamburrelli Arlene Berquist
Yeardley Smith Nancy
Jayne Meadows Mitch's Mom
Alan Charof Mitch's Dada
Pam Dixon Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal Daniel Robbins
Robert Costanzo Sal
Walker Brandt Kim
Molly McClure Millie Stone
Jane Alden Mrs. Green
Lindsay Crystal Holly Robbins
Danielle Harris Classroom Student
Eddie Palmer Classroom Student
Howard Honig Skycap
Fred Maio Doctor

Technical Credits
Ron Underwood Director
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Billy Crystal Executive Producer
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Irby Smith Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- City Slickers
1. Running the Bulls [3:00]
2. Main Titles/Kodak Moment [5:29]
3. Mr. Death [5:43]
4. Career Day [5:22]
5. Mitch's Birthday Party [3:46]
6. "I'm Late" [1:55]
7. Find Your Smile [2:21]
8. Getting Acquainted [4:01]
9. City Slickers [1:17]
10. Intervention [4:10]
11. Trail Boss [2:11]
12. Move 'Em Out! [5:00]
13. Ed's Dilemma [4:01]
14. Stampede [4:47]
15. Tumbling Tumbleweeds [4:35]
16. The Street of Life [3:14]
17. Mitch the Midwife [3:16]
18. Dying Breed [6:40]
19. Best Day/Worst Day [4:40]
20. Phil's Breaking Out [2:26]
21. Bringing in the Herd [7:43]
22. High-Tech Lesson [3:48]
23. River Crossing [1:12]
24. Swept Away [4:10]
25. Real Cowboys [4:04]
26. Norman [3:23]
27. What Really Matters [2:49]
28. End Titles [4:09]

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