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City Slickers (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 June 1991 (USA)
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On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest.

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Ron Underwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Mitch Robbins
Daniel Stern ... Phil Berquist
Bruno Kirby ... Ed Furillo
Patricia Wettig ... Barbara Robbins
Helen Slater ... Bonnie Rayburn
Jack Palance ... Curly
Noble Willingham ... Clay Stone
Tracey Walter ... Cookie
Josh Mostel ... Barry Shalowitz
David Paymer ... Ira Shalowitz
Bill Henderson ... Ben Jessup
Jeffrey Tambor ... Lou
Phill Lewis ... Steve Jessup
Kyle Secor ... Jeff
Dean Hallo Dean Hallo ... T.R.
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Storyline

Mitch is a middle aged big-city radio ads salesman. He and his friends Ed and Phil are having mid-life crisis. They decide the best birthday gift is to go on a two week holiday in the wild west driving cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. There they meet cowboy Curly who not only teaches them how to become real cowboys, but also one or two other things about life in the open air of the west. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Yesterday They Were Businessmen. Today They're Cowboys. Tomorrow They'll Be Walking Funny.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Slickers See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,032,121, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$124,033,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,033,791
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Costner were considered for the role of Mitch Robbins. See more »

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The calving scene is a genetic impossibility. The "mother" is a mixed-breed beef cow, giving birth to a pure-bred Jersey dairy calf. See more »

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[first lines]
[running through the streets in front of angry bulls, deliberately]
Mitch Robbins: Whose idea was this anyway?
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Alternate Versions

AMC version makes two changes in the scene where Mitch talks to his son's class; Sal's story is removed entirely, and the scene begins with the kids cheering, and Sal's "masturbation" hand gesture during Mitch's speech is replaced with an alternate take where Sal instead makes the "Whoopee!" gesture with his index finger. See more »

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Rawhide
(1959)
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
Published by VOLTA MUSIC CORP. / MRS. NED WASHINGTON / CATHERINE HINEN
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First-rate comedy with some serious themes running just beneath the surface.
19 May 2004 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

City Slickers entertained me enormously when I was a teenager because it has some good, solid laughs. Nowadays, as I approach my thirtieth birthday with frightening momentum, it still entertains me but it touches me too. That's probably what makes it such a great film: the skillful intertwining of humour, emotion and action.

New Yorker Mitch (Billy Crystal) has reached crisis point in his mundane life. Bored by his job in the lower reaches of radio broadcasting and frustrated by the alarming rate at which years seem to be passing him by, he senses that his life has been a failure. His two friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) buy him a two week vacation for his birthday. No ordinary vacation, mind... a fortnight driving cattle across the Wild West, just like in the good old days. And it is while on this extraordinary vacation that the three buddies learn how to make the most of their mixed-up lives.

The performances are uniformly excellent, especially Crystal who is in sharper form than ever before (or since, come to think of it) and Jack Palance as the leathery trail boss whose simple philosophies are surprisingly insightful. The scripting is outstanding, giving all the stars a chance to do some good character development, while providing terrific laugh-out-loud moments too. The film works on other levels too: the music is stirring, the photography spectacular and the editting very sharp (especially in a superb scene in which Crystal tries on an assortment of ill-fitting cowboy hats, only to opt in the end for his trusty old baseball cap). City Slickers is great entertainment, and one of the truly timeless comedy masterpieces from its decade.


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