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
Jack Palance, Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern & Bruno Kelly star in this classic movie, It's Jack Palance's Best Supporting Actor Oscar role! The story line is wonderful, and it has great casting! If you enjoy a movie that keeps you interested from the beginning to end, this is for you. A great film about three adventurous middle age friends who go on a cattle drive in celebration of Mitch's (Billy Crystal) birthday and discover more about what men they really are and want to be in life (plus some laughs and great quotes along the way). Yes, there is foul language, but it's appropriate to the story and the characters. The Bluray version is a definite upgrade over the original DVD copy.