Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy (1980)

"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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 6, 1980
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

There's no denying that this film ends up as a counterfeit endorsement of the so-called simpler so-called values.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Urban Cowboy zeroes in the the desperate night life of frustrated individuals who find neither adventure nor fulfillment in their daytime existences.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Travolta & Winger sizzle

Clint Morris

A versatile, intriguing Travolta vehicle

Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Movies that just create silly fads are destined to linger long after their gimmicks have become jokes.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Pop-culture time capsule dominated by Winger's breakthrough performance.

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Ultimately it's enjoyable Hollywood stuff.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Flashy and silly; tries to be a country-Western "Saturday Night Fever," but misses the mark.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Owens
A pleasant surprise. I'd read that this was one of the most popular movies from my birth year, so I watched it and immediately said it was one of the best… More
Leigh Ryan
It was alright.
Randy Tippy
Another box office hit that has not withstood the ravages of time. What was once hip now seems dated and cliche'.
Lanning : )
Winger, like Sean Young, seems to have a negative rep in Hollywood. I hope that isn't true, and if it is, I wish they would get beyond whatever it is that… More
Cassie Hill
Very good John Travolta movie. I LOVED IT!!!
James Alvarez
I want to give him a hug.