Urban Cowboy: How Does It Hold Up In 2010? (SPOILER ALERT)

Hollywood Shuffle can't really explain why we've never seen Urban Cowboy before. The only excuse is that we were born in 1980, the same year the film was released, and by the time we were old enough to appreciate it the line-dancing honky tonk fad that has swept America in the wake of the film had faded. But the movie owes a certain debt to Houston, or maybe the other way around, and the film was single-handedly responsible for launching the pop-country boom of the 1980s and beyond.

But we're a film buff, and no reason would be good enough to explain this glaring omission in our viewership. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the film that made Gilley's famous. So HWS decided to finally sit down and watch it, along with our husband. Below is a minute-by-minute analysis of Urban Cowboy.

If you still haven't seen it, beware! Spoilers abound.

Husband makes a Mr. Kotter joke, then asks "So how is this moving related to Saturday Night Fever?" as opening credits roll. It's only PG? I thought there was sex and violence.
Extended debate over whether title scene is a shot of downtown Houston.

That's John Travolta? He looks kinda hot in a beard. Oh. Until he dribbles his dip spit into a beer bottle.

So, John Travolta goes to the big city of Pasa-gitdown-dena? For what reason? Oh look! It's that guy who plays a street-smart old cowboy in every movie.

Heh. Concrete prairie. This reminds us of the Hideaout at the Rodeo. Or the Tumbleweed in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

It's Mickey Gilley himself!

Now Gilley's sidekick is introducing Bud to a group of ladies. Is that Jerry Hall?

Aw. Bud has to shave his beard to get a job. Now he just looks like boring old John Travolta.

Bud goes to Gilley's every night after work. We're getting dizzy watching dudes spin Sissy around.


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