City Slickers

Columbia Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment and Face Productions Released 1991


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Ron Underwood

City Slickers is a comedy about a group of middle-aged men who try to deal with their respective mid-life crises by going on a cowboy adventure trip to the Southwest. Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal), Phil Berquist (Daniel Stern) and Ed Furillo (Bruno Kirby) are all close friends who realize that something is missing from their hum-drum lives. On Mitch's birthday, Phil and Ed present him with the gift of a two-week cattle drive vacation in New Mexico that they are all going to go on together. When they arrive, they meet crusty trail boss Curly Washburn (Jack Palance). Despite Mitch's repeated attempts to ingratiate himself with Curly, the old ranch hand won't have anything to do with it. As their attempt to drive the herd of cattle successfully to the ranch encounters numerous obstacles -- torrential floods, cattle rustlers and an unexpected birth -- Mitch, Phil and Ed discover what it truly means to lead a fulfilling life.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    City Slickers is a funny and affecting comedy, with wonderful jokes and a script flashing intelligence in every direction. [7 June 1991, p.E1]

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    City Slickers comes packaged as one kind of movie - a slapstick comedy about white-collar guys on a dude ranch - and it delivers on that level while surprising me by being much mor...

  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Along the way most of what transpires is predictable and manipulative. But besides the formula stuff, there is an abundance of fresh humor, poignant dialogue and some rather credib...

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