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City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations. Mitch (Billy Crystal) is a radio station sales executive who finds himself in the throes of a mid-life crisis; accompanied by two friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) in the grip of similar problems, he heads to New Mexico for his birthday to participate in a two-week "vacation" cattle drive to Colorado. The three friends and the rest of their group, including an attractive, newly single young woman and two African-American dentists, are all urbanites lost when it comes to herding cattle and surviving on the prairie; it's up to authentic, almost mythic cowboy Curly (Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for the role), to whip them into shape. As various adventures occur along the way, including run-ins with outlaw cattlehands, treacherous natural mishaps, and Mitch's delivery of a newborn calf, the three "city slickers" open up to each other, learn to appreciate Curly's Old West values, and begin to resolve their midlife dilemmas. When Curly dies, it's left to Mitch, Phil, and Ed to bring in the herd. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:June 7, 1991


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Palance Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Palance Best Supporting Actor 1991 Winner
MTV Movie Awards Billy Crystal Best Comedic Performance 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Billy Crystal Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Nominee


Billy Crystal
as Mitch Robbins
Daniel Stern
as Phil Berquist
Bruno Kirby
as Ed Furillo
Patricia Wettig
as Barbara Robbins
Helen Slater
as Bonnie Rayburn
Jack Palance
as Curly
Noble Willingham
as Clay Stone
Tracey Walter
as Cookie
Josh Mostel
as Barry Shalowitz
David Paymer
as Ira Shalowitz
Bill Henderson
as Ben Jessup
Jeffrey Tambor
as Lou
Phill Lewis
as Steve Jessup
Kyle Secor
as Jeff
Dean Hallo
as J. R
Carla Tamburrelli
as Arlene Berquist
Yeardley Smith
as Nancy
Jayne Meadows
as Mitch's Mom
Alan Charof
as Mitch's Dada
Fred Maio
as Doctor
Pam Dixon
Walker Brandt
as Kim
Jane Alden
as Mrs. Green
Lindsay Crystal
as Holly Robbins
Jake Gyllenhaal
as Daniel Robbins
Danielle Harris
as Classroom Student
Molly McClure
as Millie Stone
Robert Costanzo
as Sal
Howard Honig
as Skycap
Eddie Palmer
as Classroom Student


Ron Underwood
Irby Smith
Lowell Ganz
Babaloo Mandel
Dean Semler
Marc Shaiman
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Mansbridge
Art Director
Billy Crystal
Executive Producer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Judy Ruskin
Costume Designer