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Urban Cowboy

Director: James Bridges Run Time: 154 min. Format: Digital Rating: PG Release Year: 1980

Starring: Barry Corbin, Debra Winger, John Travolta, Scott Glenn

Nitehawk lives the hard hat days and honky tonk nights with a Country Brunchin’ presentation of URBAN COWBOY. Includes a live pre-show musical serenade by Tatters and Rags.

John Travolta followed up the success of Saturday Night Fever and Grease with Urban Cowboy, where he steps into the skin-tight blue jeans of Bud, a Lone Star cowboy who moves to the city to make enough cash to buy himself a stretch of land. What unfolds is a bar room drama of fist fights, industrial accidents, and mechanical bull rides as Bud finds himself entrenched in the town’s honky tonk scene.

Debra Winger stars opposite of Travolta as Sissy, a classic 80’s power gal who falls for Bud’s boot-scootin’ moves and well-starched shirt, but clashes with his old fashioned ideas of marriage and womanhood. Tough guys just can’t seem to figure out how to cook for themselves, can they?

Tatters and Rags are at times a drone post-punk folk band, other times being a sweaty, whiskey-fueled electric honky-tonk band. Fans of the band state that their eclecticism is part of their charm, and it’s always accompanied by a frenetic energy that makes them one of the most exciting live bands in New York City.