Urban Cowboy (film)

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German title Urban cowboy
Original title Urban cowboy
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1980
length 135 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director James Bridges
script James Bridges,
Aaron Latham
production Robert Evans ,
Irving Azoff
music Ralph Burns
camera Reynaldo Villalobos (as Ray Villalobos)
cut David Rawlins

Urban Cowboy is a film drama from director James Bridges from the year 1980 with John Travolta in the lead role.


Bud Davis, a young laborer, moves from the small rural town of Spur, Texas, to Pasadena, Texas. He lives temporarily with his uncle Bob and his aunt Corene and finds work at a refinery in the east of the oil metropolis of Houston. He spends his evenings in the huge saloon "Gilley's Club", where he proves his talent on the mechanical bull .

He gets to know the young woman Sissy, marries her, loses her and finally wins her back.


Charlie Daniels 1979 on the stage of "Gilley's".

The real "Gilley's Club" with space for 5500 visitors in Pasadena served as the backdrop for most of the film. The club operator Mickey Gilley, like Charlie Daniels, plays himself as the leader of the house band.

Aaron Latham is a journalist and screenwriter from Spur himself in Texas. He published an extensive diary about the making of the film.



The lexicon of international films wrote that the film was a "[l] slow-paced touching piece" and that "the setting and songs remain just as accessories as the uncritically reproduced Western myths".


Actress Debra Winger was nominated for the Golden Globe Award in 1981 in the categories of Best Young Actress and Best Supporting Actress . She also received a nomination for the BAFTA Film Award .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Urban Cowboy. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film Service , accessed February 12, 2013 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Mickey Gilley: Cowboy Chic to Stay? Reading Eagle, November 30, 1980, accessed June 8, 2018 .
  3. Aaron Latham: Diary of Urban Cowboy. Starring John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn No.1. Archived from the original on January 12, 2010 ; accessed on June 8, 2018 .