Directed by James Bridges. Starring John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn. (1980, PG, 135 min.)
REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Wed., Oct. 25, 2000
A magazine story by Aaron Latham is the source material for this romantic drama set among petrochemical workers in Pasadena, Texas. Only a couple years removed from his screen super-success in Saturday Night Fever, Travolta struts his way through Urban Cowboy’s modern-West parable about machismo, cowboy manqué, and mechanical bulls. Travolta captures some of the confusion of a little big man on the new prairie, Debra Winger provides a vixenish challenge to his manhood, and Scott Glenn plays the guy in the figurative black cowboy hat.