Urban Cowboy (1980)

Hard hat days and honky-tonk nights.

Blu-ray, 2h 12min
Rating: 6.3
Votes: 12622
Languages: English, Spanish
Country: USA
Director: James Bridges
Music: Ralph Burns

Plot outline

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

Personal notes



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

Bud Davis is a country boy who moves to the city to visit his uncle and his family. He starts hanging out at Gilley's, the popular nightclub owned by Mickey Gilley himself. He takes a job at the oil refinery where his uncle works, hoping to save enough money to buy some land. He also meets a cowgirl named Sissy, they dance together, fall in love and suddenly get married. And then their marriage is shattered when Bud sees Sissy allegedly seeing con man Wes, who teaches her how to ride the mechanical bull... and plans to rob Gilley's. When a bull-riding contest at Gilley's is announced, Bud decides to sign up. Can he win the contest and save his marriage to Sissy? - watzdabigdeal

The cowboy Bud Davis moves from his homeland of Spur to Houston to work with his Uncle Bob in a refinery. During the night, they go to the Gilley's Club where Bob introduces his nephew to his friends. Bud meets Sissy at the club and soon they fall in love with each other and get married. Sissy is an independent working girl and Bud is a male chauvinist that believes in the traditional role of the wife, cooking, ironing and making love. When Gilley's buys a mechanical bull for the clients, Bud likes to ride it and does not allow Sisy to ride. However she goes to the club in the afternoon and the ex-convict and operator of the bull Wes Hightower teaches her how to ride. When Bud learns that Sissy lied to him, Bud becomes jealous and has a love affair with the wealthy Pam and Sissy goes to Wes' trailer. Along the days, they fight each other and try to make the other jealous. When Gilley's announces a mechanical bull's dispute, Bud wants to win Wes. Will he succeed? - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bud - short for his full name of Buford Uan Davis - has just moved from his parents' home in rural Spur, Texas to the Houston home of his Uncle Bob and Aunt Corene in order to earn more money than he could in Spur. Introduced by Bob and Corene, Bud ends up spending much of his after hours at Gilley's, a honky-tonk bar and club. As the new guy in town, he could have his pick of most any woman at the bar, but he ends up mutually falling for Sissy, a feisty working class gal, the two who end up quickly getting married and moving into a trailer Bud bought as a surprise wedding present. As both Bud and Sissy are stubborn, headstrong, emotional, passionate and prideful, the honeymoon phase of their marriage is soon over as issues, including of jealousy, violent behavior and roles within their relationship, arise. In their arguments, both Bud and Sissy feel the need to hurt the other emotionally, the best way they knowing how being to make the other jealous in each knowing deep in his/her own heart how much each loves the other. They, however, may end up crossing lines in their marriage, pass which it may be difficult to turn back. Factored into that crossing lines are the agendas of the two people to who they turn. For Bud, it's Pam, an uptown girl with downtown sensibilities who has a penchant for cowboys. For Sissy, it's Wes, an ex-con bank robber on parole who gets a job at Gilley's and who lives in a trailer behind the bar. The symbol of many of Bud and Sissy's problems is the newly installed mechanical bull featured at Gilley's. - Huggo