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Urban Cowboy is a American romantic western film directed by James Bridges. Much of the action centers around activities at Gilley's Cluba football-field-sized honky tonk in Pasadena, Texas. The film's screenplay was adapted by Aaron Latham and James Bridges from an article by the same name in Esquire Magazine written by Latham.
The original Esquire article centered on the romance between two Gilley's regulars named Dew Westbrook and Betty Helmer. Westbrook and Helmer's real-life relationship became the inspiration for the on-screen romance between John Travolta's and Debra Winger's characters "Bud" and "Sissy". Some film critics referred to the movie as a country music version of Saturday Night Fever. Urban Cowboy was the first motion picture to be choreographed by Patsy Swayzewhich launched her career as a film choreographer.
Bud Davis moves to Houston for a job in the city's oil refinery industry. He hopes to save enough money to move back to his hometown of Spur, Texas and buy some land. Bud stays with his Uncle Bob and his family, with whom Bud is close. Bob takes Bud to the local honky tonkGilley'san actual bar in the suburb of Pasadenaco-owned by singer Mickey Gilley and his record producer Sherwood Cryer. Bud quickly embraces the local nightlife. He also gets a job at the oil refinery where Bob works, and quickly befriends his co-workers.
At the club, Bud meets Sissy, who asks if he is a real cowboy. They fall in love, and Bud soon asks Sissy to marry him. Their wedding reception is held at Gilley's, and they move into a brand new mobile home. Although they are in love and passionate, Bud and Sissy have many quarrels. Sissy is a feisty, independent woman, while Bud believes in traditional gender roles. However, their lives settle into a routine of work by day and Gilley's at night, where Bud likes to ride the mechanical bull.
When Sissy also wants to ride, he forbids her from doing so. Wes Hightower is released on parole from Huntsville Penitentiaryand lands a job at Gilley's running the mechanical bull with his old friend, and Gilley's employee, Steve Strange. He openly flirts with Sissy, who is flattered and attracted to Wes, but a drunken Bud is enraged at the insult, and ends up in a fist fight with Wes.
Sissy, against Bud's wishes, spends time at Gilley's during the day with Wes, Steve, and her friend Jessie, learning how to ride the mechanical bull. Meanwhile, at the refinery Bud has a serious accident and is sent home for the day. That night at Gilley's, Jessie and Wes convince Sissy to ride the bull. She does it to impress Bud, but he becomes angry and resentful that Sissy defied and lied to him, and he challenges her. When Bud falls off during his second ride in the challenge, Wes intentionally swings the bull around fast, breaking Bud's arm.
At home, Bud asks Sissy if she is having an affair with Wes which she denies, and Bud forbids her from riding the bull anymore. Sissy accuses Bud of being jealous because she rides the bull better than he can. Bud slaps her and throws her out of the trailer. The next night Sissy and Bud see each other at Gilley's, but Sissy is angry, and refuses to talk to Bud.
To make Sissy jealous, Bud introduces himself to a beautiful girl named Pam, and dances with her, while Sissy dances with Wes. Bud and Pam leave together to have sex but Sissy, hurt and upset, declines Wes' sexual advances.
The next morning, Sissy moves out of Bud's trailer, and into the run-down trailer behind Gilley's where Wes lives. Meanwhile, Sissy returns to Bud's mobile home to pick up her things, but also cleans house and leaves Bud a note saying she hopes they can get back together.
Pam arrives and, after Sissy leaves, throws the note away. Meanwhile, Sissy arrives home and catches Wes having sex with her friend Marshalene, another Gilley's employee. Wes orders Sissy to cook him a meal and when she, hurt at his infidelity, angrily refuses Wes becomes physically abusive.
One night during a late shift at the refinery, Bob, citing his own past behavior that nearly cost him his wife Corene and their children, advises Bud to swallow his pride and make up with Sissy. Shortly thereafter, Bob is struck by lightning and dies. At Bob's funeral, Sissy tells Bud that Wes was fired from Gilley's for hurting too many people with the mechanical bull and is unable to find another job. On the night of the contest, however, it is Bud who wins, and when Pam realizes that he still loves Sissy, Pam admits that she tore up the note Sissy left for him out of jealousy.
Pam encourages him to reconcile with Sissy. Bud leaves to find Sissy before she departs for Mexico with Wes. Sissy Lyin Eyes - Various - Urban Cowboy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) to go to Mexico, but relents after Wes hits her. He orders her to wait for him in her car behind Gilley's. Unknown to Sissy, Wes is inside Gilley's robbing the place for the prize money.
Bud finds Sissy in the parking lot and tells her he still loves her and apologizes for hitting her. She Who Cares? - Huey Lewis And The News* - Huey Lewis And The News and they embrace.
Seeing Sissy's bruised face, a furious Bud goes after Wes and a fight ensues at the bar entrance. The fight causes Wes to drop his gun, and the stolen money falls from his jacket. Bud overpowers Wes by punching him several times and pins him down on the floor. Gilley's staff, having discovered the robbery, apprehend Wes, implying that he will likely go back to prison for violating his parole. Bud and Sissy, reconciled, go home together. The film received generally positive reviews from critics.
The film gave Pasadena and Houston a brief turn under the Hollywood spotlight. Andy WarholJerry Halland many other celebrities attended the premiere in Houston.
The term "Urban Cowboy" was also used to describe the soft-core country music of the early s epitomized by Kenny RogersDolly PartonJohnny LeeMickey GilleyJanie Frickie and other vocalists whose trademarks were mellow sounds of the sort heard in the movie. This sound became a trademark in country Lyin Eyes - Various - Urban Cowboy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) from the early to mid 80's in which record sales for the genre soared. However by the mid to late 80's this sound became increasingly controversial, considered bland and formulaic by Stallion - Hey Everybody critics and an increasing number of country fans.
By the mid to late s, country record sales and Mirror - Ne-Yo - In My Own Words radio listenership were declining as a direct backlash to this style, chronicled by the late New York Times music critic Robert Palmer in a page one story.
This sound hearkened back to traditional country of the s and s, and introduced new voices like Randy TravisReba McEntire and Dwight Yoakam. The film is said to have started the s boom in pop-country music known as the "Urban Cowboy Movement" also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.
In December the soundtrack was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for sales of three million copies. Released as a double LP,  re-released on CD in On May 28,it was announced that 20th Century Fox Television had teamed with Paramount Television to adapt the s film Urban Cowboy into a television series, and set Craig Brewer to write and direct the pilot, while to executive produce the whole series.
In December, FOX passed on the pilot. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Broadway musical of the same name, see Lyin Eyes - Various - Urban Cowboy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Cowboy musical. This article may need to be rewritten to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards. You can help. The discussion page may contain suggestions. June Theatrical release poster. This section needs expansion. You can help by Broken Rules - Hounds & Harlots / Gimp Fist - Hounds & Harlots / Gimp Fist to it.
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