City Slickers

City Slickers

Ron Underwood (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Billy Crystal and chums Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby are the city folk who get the chance to play at Rawhide in this winning comedy blockbuster that cleaned up at the box office. Seeking to stave off middle age, the trio join a motley group who have volunteered to drive cattle across the range under the eye of an irascible old cowboy (Jack Palance). Despite some worryingly sentimental moments of male bonding, this is an engaging, expertly played piece, which gently pokes fun at both midlife crises and the Wild West. Palance, in particular, has a ball, and picked up a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance, while director Ron Underwood, who before this was best known for the cult sci-fi film Tremors, proves to be equally adept at the gags and the large-scale, traditional western set pieces.


Three middle-aged men take a break from the rat race and their mid-life crises to join a two-week cattle drive from New Mexico to Colorado. Together with a bunch of fellow urbanites, they find the going much tougher than expected, and it is down to a real-life cowboy to whip them into shape. Comedy adventure, starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for his performance as grizzled trail boss Curly.

Cast & Crew

Mitch Robbins Billy Crystal
Phil Berquist Daniel Stern
Ed Furillo Bruno Kirby
Barbara Robbins Patricia Wettig
Bonnie Rayburn Helen Slater
Curly Jack Palance
Clay Stone Noble Willingham
Cookie Tracey Walter
Barry Shalowitz Josh Mostel
Ira Shalowitz David Paymer
Ben Jessup Bill Henderson
Lou Jeffrey Tambor
Steve Jessup Phill Lewis
Jeff Kyle Secor
Director Ron Underwood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First Independent Films LtdGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama