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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Travolta & Winger sizzle"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"A versatile, intriguing Travolta vehicle"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Movies that just create silly fads are destined to linger long after their gimmicks have become jokes."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Pop-culture time capsule dominated by Winger's breakthrough performance."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Ultimately it's enjoyable Hollywood stuff."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Flashy and silly; tries to be a country-Western "Saturday Night Fever," but misses the mark."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"At their prime, John Travolta and Debra Winger make for a very sexy married couple in this James Bridges' musical drama, which launched the country and Western fad in music and film."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Urban Cowboy zeroes in the the desperate night life of frustrated individuals who find neither adventure nor fulfillment in their daytime existences."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
""aside from Winger, this soap opera is utterly dismal""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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