Picks and Pans Review: Urban Cowboy
updated 05/16/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/16/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It's Saddleday Night Fever with Stetsons and spurs instead of disco shoes in the 1980 flick which tried to replay the winning formula of John Travolta's original. Here Travolta is a Houston refinery worker who escapes workaday drudgery each night as a rhinestone wrangler at a local honky-tonk. With the help of a solid country sound track featuring Johnny Lee, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers and the Charlie Daniels Band, the film excellently conjures up the gritty roadhouse atmosphere, but it lacks its predecessor's driving energy. Cowboy launched the careers of Scott (Personal Best) Glenn and Debra (An Officer and a Gentleman) Winger, who turns in the film's best performance as Travolta's street-smart girlfriend.