Thursday, April 11, 2013

Urban Cowboy


In 1980, the movie, "Urban Cowboy," hit the silver screen. At the time we lived in Houston. Some of the movie was filmed at a nightclub called "Gilley's," owned by the country singer, Mickey Gilley.

One night we visited Gilley's and it was just like you saw in the film, including the mechanical bull.

You may also recall that the protagonist was "Bud" Davis, played by a younger John Travolta.

Today, in Ocala, we have a relatively new country-western themed nightclub called Urban Cowboy. You can read all about it here.

Coincidentally, John Travolta, a bit older and wiser perhaps, owns a home here in Ocala and some say he can be found shopping at Walmart in the middle of the night.  Sometimes.  I wonder if he'll ever patronize the Urban Cowboy?

15 comments:

Linda said...

It's hard to tell with these celebrities, but perhaps. Great capture, Lowell!

Taken For Granted said...

Remember the movie well. It was a powerful story, and gave the Texas Two Step dance a national boost.

Yup, the snowstorm is still here. Got about a foot of snow last night, and it is still snowing now as I write this, but only a ten percent chance of snow tomorrow. Spent the morning blowing snow and shoveling.

Jack said...

I know there was a movie called Urban Cowboy, but my memory is mush and I don't remember much about it. How do you think John Travolta spends his days in Ocala?

Kay said...

So I wonder if they'd play the Hallelujah chorus if I asked. . .or maybe Vivaldi's Four Seasons??

Randy said...

Bet it's a fun place.

Cezar and Léia said...

I guess I don't remember this movie!Anyway I love this place and you got a brilliant picture!
Léia

magiceye said...

Am not much of a movie goer so missed it..

llandudnopictures said...

Interesting story, I'd like to think he does visit the place.

Birdman said...

Giddy up!

brattcat said...

john travolta in walmart in the middle of the night? sounds like the opening scene of a new film.

Sharon said...

I simply can't get past the thought of John Travolta in Walmart.

Judy said...

That place doesn't look anything like a cowboy nightclub. It looks more like a grocery store.

Small City Scenes said...

The place sure doesn't look Cowboy-ish even for an Urban Cowboy. Walmart--egad!! Where have all my heros gone??? Not that he was one only on Welcome Back, Cotter.
Mazal Tov!
MB

RedPat said...

I think I saw Urban Cowboy but I don't remember it!

Pierre BOYER said...

:-)
Best regards from France,

Pierre

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