Urban Cowboy details
|Starring:||Madolyn Smith, John Travolta, Scott Glenn, Debra Winger|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Dec 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Hard Hat Days And Honky-Tonk Nights.By a customer from London, England , 02 Jun 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Hollywood has a fascinating way of belittling the inhabitants of everywhere between the coastal states of the USA. Here we have their take on the people of Houston: blue collar oil workers who live to ride a bucking bronco and swig on bottles of Lone Star beer, when they are not fighting one another.
Bud (John Travolta) moves to the big city (Houston) from Hicksville and gets married after going to a nightspot for local people called Gilley's. The narrative plays out with Bud nearly falling off a large tower at the oil refinery and sparring over his wife with bull-riding ex-con Wes Hightower (Scott Glen). Like most of the cast, Glen out-performs Travolta in most of their scenes. Maybe I am just hypercritical of Travolta because he has an airport in his garden and believes in Scientology, but ?Urban Cowboy? goes a long way to establishing the limitations of his acting range.
Somewhere in this movie is a kitchen-sink drama, albeit in a trailer park with rusty cars setting the scene for urban and moral decay. The problem is that the domestic relations depicted are shallowly realized. Bud?s wife Sissy (Debra Winger) complains about his physical abuse but he is redeemed when evil Wes Hightower hits her harder. You may champion this foregrounding of issues that are still pertinent today, but this movie seems unsure how far to take its critique of human behaviour.
As a Travolta vehicle I was expecting to see some dancing, and was not disappointed, although he is increasingly drawn to the mechanical bull rather than the dance-floor. The prominence of country music on the soundtrack may jar with some people, and it informs the spirit of Urban Cowboy: Apparently there only white people in Texas. For a more faithful depiction of the diversity of Texan people you would be better served with John Sayles? brilliant ?Lone Star?.
The key themes of ?Urban Cowboy? would seem to be: Oil fields are dangerous places to work, cowboys like to hit women, and urban cowboys were the chavs of 1980s Texas. I enjoyed watching this movie, and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in mechanized bulls.
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Urban CowboyBy a customer from Bude , 03 Aug 2009I love John Travolta but thought this film was rubbish. Far too noisy could not hear the speach quite often, and run of the mill story line.
depressingBy rentz (11 reviews) from Reading , 15 Feb 2008i think it was a good film for its time but its such a bad storyline about a mechanical bull, if you like country music and that whole scene, you will probably like it.. i on the other hand stopped watching half way through because i found it too depressing.
A recommendation from TarantinoBy Paul Thomas from Swindon , 18 Jan 2007After hearing Tarantino gave John Travolta the part of Vincent in Pulp Fiction from this performance i immediately thought I had to give this a watch. It's a hillbilly barn dance with a buckeroo for 2 1/2 hours also Bud aka Travolta cheats on his new wife and his new wife cheats on him in the first week of their marriage which is rather amusing also, but all in all a rather good movie with a cracking soundtrack, defintely worthy of a rental.
Cool!By a customer from Walsall, West Mids , 14 Oct 2006Very enjoyable film especially if you are a fan of either Winger or Travolta. The music and backdrop of Gilleys make this a memorable film, highly recommended.
Excellent StuffBy a customer from Hemel Hempstead , 25 Jun 2005Actually a really good film.
John Travolta plays quite a different part for him, but Debra Winger is her usual brilliant self.
Well worth watching.