“Hard hat days and honky
tonk nights.” Starring John Travolta as Bud Davis and
Debra Winger as Sissy Davis, Urban Cowboy was released
in 1980. The movie captured the popularity of country
music in the late 70’s and early 80’s and was Travolta’s
third major acting role. The film received mostly
positive reviews, and was a huge box office success.
The movie’s soundtrack was in and of itself a country
music success, spawning a number of hit songs.
In this movie, Travolta
stars as Bud Davis, a country boy who moves to a small
town outside of Houston to work for his uncle. His plan
is to work long enough to save enough money to buy some
land back home in Spur, TX. Bud’s uncle introduces Bud
to the local nightlife at a local country bar called
Gilley’s, and most of the film’s action takes place in
or around the club. While at the club, Bud meets and
falls in love with Sissy (Winger), and within a few
weeks (or less), they get hitched.
Their relationship is
both passionate and tumultuous, as they have many
intense arguments, mostly in regard to the traditional
roles of men and women. After some time, the couple
splits up, each moving in with somebody else, but
eventually they reconcile. By end of the movie, the
couple realizes that most of their troubles are
influenced by their time at Gilley’s, so they decide to
leave the bar together.