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Thirty Seven Years Ago: ‘Urban Cowboy’ Was Released In Theaters

Thirty Seven Years Ago: ‘Urban Cowboy’ Was Released In Theaters

On this date (June 6th) in 1980, the western romantic drama about the love-hate relationship between Buford Uan “Bud” Davis and Sissy was released in movie theaters.

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”. The movie was directed by Bridges. Some film critics referred to the movie as a country music version of Saturday Night Fever.

The film grossed almost $47 million in the United States alone.

The movie featured a hit soundtrack album spawning numerous Top 10 Billboard Country Singles, such as #1 “Lookin’ for Love” by Johnny Lee, #1 “Stand by Me” by Mickey Gilley, #3 (AC chart) “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs, #1 “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray, and #4 “Love the World Away” by Kenny Rogers. It also included songs that were hits from earlier years such as #1 “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band and “Lyin’ Eyes” by the Eagles. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the “Urban Cowboy Movement” also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.

ashley terry

June 6th, 2017

3 comments

3 Comments

  1. Esmie says:

    I loved this movie it ss an awsone movoe tp estch and still wsrch. loved

  2. casey says:

    This is my Favorite movie

  3. Amy Davis says:

    Still my favorite movie of all time ❤️

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