Urban Cowboy (1980) - Drama, Romance, Western

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Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: James Bridges
Stars: John Travolta, Debra Winger
Length: 132 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 8 out of 77 found boring (10.38%)

One-line Reviews (23)

I agree with an earlier review regarding Scott Glenn, he is used for plot only, thrown in to the mix to create suspense; the story is predictable and contrived.

Bud is "coming of age" and embarks on a life of his own with a little help from his aunt and uncle so he moves to the big city with them.

Another entertaining Travolta dance flick!

A Bit Corny but Still Entertaining .

Overall its a good movie worth watching 9/10

A good movie worth watching.

The fine cast is rounded out by Barry Corbin as Bud's ex-rodeo star uncle who dishes out sage advice, Madolyn Smith Osborne as the darling adult daughter of a rich oil man who collects cowboy lovers to ease her boredom, and Mickey Gilley as himself.

urban boredom...

So much of this sophomoric drama seems familiar, and indeed the structure of the film (with Travolta coming of age--after doing some dancing at Gilley's, of course) comes off like "Saturday Night Fever" in western-dress.

After a bit I got used to it, but the movie was long, boring, and generally unexciting.

Bud Davis is an unbearable character and Sissy is immature and fool.

It is predictable and the country music is terrible.

The music, cinematography and performances are all still very good, but the unsavory overtones of domestic violence (a much more publicized issue now than in 1980) and casual adultery sour this once entertaining movie.

Yet, I have always found it fairly enjoyable to watch this redneck romance.

entertaining, to say the least .

entertaining .

She looks stunning in her red top.

An entertaining period piece.

I saw this film when it was first released in 1980; I thought it was generally entertaining, with very good performances, great songs and atmosphere to burn; I didn't understand why it did so poorly at the box office.

No emotional underpinnings like "Saturday Night Fever," no message about trying to break away from boredom and be someone--anyone--for a single night other than yourself.

Though chronically dull, it at least tackles the elements of domestic violence --- from both the villain's *and* the hero's perspectives.

But the music score and the dances are highly entertaining.

)In any case, the film is more enjoyable as something to not take too seriously.