Hollywood Shuffle can't really explain why we've never seen Urban Cowboy before. The only excuse is that we were born in 1980, the same year the film was released, and by the time we were old enough to appreciate it the line-dancing honky tonk fad that has swept America in the wake of the film had faded. But the movie owes a certain debt to Houston, or maybe the other way around, and the film was single-handedly responsible for launching the pop-country boom of the 1980s and beyond.
But we're a film buff, and no reason would be good enough to explain this glaring omission in our viewership. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the film that made Gilley's famous. So HWS decided to finally sit down and watch it, along with our husband. Below is a minute-by-minute analysis of Urban Cowboy.
If you still haven't seen it, beware! Spoilers abound.