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66 Ratings

Urban Cowboy

Directed by James Bridges
United States, 1980
Drama, Western


John Travolta stars as a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

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Urban Cowboy Directed by James Bridges

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1981 | Nominee: Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

Golden Globes (USA)

1981 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1980 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actress

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1981 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actress

Critics reviews

The movie has flaws (an over-padded runtime, a Scott Glenn character that represents the worst extreme of the problematic gender politics, and a needlessly jacked-up bit of cross-cutting between Travolta’s near-fatal accident on a scaffold and Winger’s inaugural bull-riding session), but by the end of it, you’ll feel like you’ve spent a long, definitive weekend at Gilley’s right next to these people.
December 24, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • William's rating of the film Urban Cowboy

    The richness of the characterizations coupled with the crowd-pleasing aspects reminded me of O. Russell's The Fighter, one of the modern films I admire the most. And Debra Winger is really amazing in this. The increasing villainy of Scott Glenn may seem out of place in the otherwise realistic environment, but by the end, you're so emotionally invested in the characters, the melodrama further heightens your response.

  • ginobartolomi's rating of the film Urban Cowboy

    For what it is, I suppose 'Urban Cowboy' is a relatively decent film. Plot wise, it's ultimately nothing more than a pissing contest between John Travolta's character, Bud, and his soon to be ex-wife Sissy's new boyfriend. Everything moves along incredibly fast in the first half hour, following Bud's journey into Houston, finding work, getting married, buying a home...and the next hour and a half is a drawn out...↓

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