In 1980, John Travolta was one of the hottest actors in the movie industry. So the release of this movie was highly anticipated:
The movie epitomized the fashion of the time. In 1980, country-western music exploded in popularity with country music songs like this one...
...and this one...
...ranking high on Top 40 charts as well as the country music charts.
At the same time, country-western attire was very popular. The phenomenal success of this show might have had a little something to do with that.
Urban Cowboy was filled with sappy melodrama and dark moments--a trend we'd see in other movies in the 80s. Debra Winger was gritty and realistic (and whiny and annoying) and John Travolta was oh-so-dreamy to women who were old enough to appreciate it. (I was ten.)
Perhaps the most notable thing about Urban Cowboy was its soundtrack. The songs were all over the radio that year.
There were no fewer than six top-ten hits from the soundtrack, including Lookin' for Love, Stand By Me, and Look What You've Done to Me. The country music trend that followed has been called the Urban Cowboy Movement. John Travolta had that power at the time. That was before Scientology gained control of him.
Have you seen Urban Cowboy? What's your favorite John Travolta movie?