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Urban Cowboy 1980 PG CC

John Travolta is the Urban Cowboy, breakin' hearts and bustin' mechanical bulls in one of his most electrifying film roles.

Starring:
John Travolta, Debra Winger
Runtime:
2 hours, 15 minutes

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Genres Drama, Western, Romance
Director James Bridges
Starring John Travolta, Debra Winger
Supporting actors Scott Glenn, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Barry Corbin, Brooke Alderson, Cooper Huckabee, James Gammon, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Daniels, Taz Di Gregorio, Charlie Hayward, Betty Murphy, Ed Geldart, Leah Geldart, Keith Clemons, Howard Norman, Sheryl Briedel
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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
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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.
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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.
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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?
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