Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy

3.8 5
Director: James Bridges

Cast: James Bridges, John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Urban Cowboy is probably best-remembered for its examination of late-1970s honky-tonk kitsch -- in particular, the mechanical bull -- but the film is also an interesting, perceptive romantic drama. Love, jealousy, lust, and blue-collar ennui are all fodder for the knowing eye of writer-director James Bridges. Produced at the height of John Travolta's early popularity, Cowboy is essentially his star vehicle, but the supporting work of Debra Winger and Scott Glenn packs much of the film's punch. In her first mainstream role, Winger is quite a revelation: smart, brassy, and unconventionally beautiful. For his part, Glenn turns in a captivatingly rude performance as the cocksure ex-con who comes between Winger and Travolta.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304646
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
5,589

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Bud Davis
Debra Winger Sissy
Scott Glenn Wes
Madolyn Smith Pam
Barry Corbin Uncle Bob
Brooke Alderson Aunt Corene
Bonnie Raitt Musical Appearance
Cooper Huckabee Marshall
James Gammon Steve Strange
Mickey Gilley Musical Appearance
Johnny Lee Musical Appearance
Charlie Daniels Musical Appearance
Christopher Saylors Bubba
Betty Murphy Bud's Mom
Leah Geldart Bud's Sister
Keith Clemons Bud's Brother
Howard Norman Bud's Brother
Sheryl Briedel Lou Sue, Bud's Cousin
Sean Lawler Willie, Bud's Cousin
Gator Conley Gator
David Ogle Killer
Jerry Hall Sexy Sister
Lucky Mosley Plant Supervisor
Ellen March Becky (Stoney's Waitress)
Steve Chambers Truck Driver in Parking Lot
Ann Travolta Wedding Party
Anson Downes Wedding Party
Jim Gough Sissy's Dad
Robert Bush Dwight
James Harrell Minister at Gravesite
Ed Geldart Bud's Dad

Technical Credits
James Bridges Director,Screenwriter
Irving Azoff Producer
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
W. Stewart Campbell Art Director
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Robert Evans Producer
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Kim Kurumada Asst. Director
Jack Larson Producer
Aaron Latham Screenwriter
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
David Rawlins Editor
Patsy Swayze Choreography
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Man From Spur [5:07]
2. Honky Tonk [4:52]
3. Channel Oil [2:57]
4. Two-Step [3:41]
5. Punching Bag [5:28]
6. Just Hitched [3:15]
7. Bull Riders [6:40]
8. A Real Cowboy [5:36]
9. Tip of the Hat [3:15]
10. Industrial Accident [5:08]
11. Live Like Pigs [4:22]
12. Broken Arm [6:33]
13. Severence [2:31]
14. New Partners [7:28]
15. Out All Night [5:41]
16. Rodeo Days [5:33]
17. Sissy Rides Again [3:56]
18. Treachery of the Bull [2:14]
19. A Woman's Touch [8:21]
20. Two-Timer [5:41]
21. Lightning Strikes [6:23]
22. Indoor Rodeo [9:00]
23. Final Go-Round [6:39]
24. Armed Bandit [7:32]
25. Going Home [4:41]

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