After moving to Pasadena, Texas, country boy Bud Davis starts hanging around a bar called Gilley's, where he falls in love with Sissy, a cowgirl who believes the sexes are equal. They eventually marry, but their relationship is turbulent due to Bud's traditional view of gender roles. Jealousy over his rival, Wes, leads to their separation, but Bud attempts to win Sissy back by triumphing at Gilley's mechanical bull-riding competition.
[SPOILERS] Bud and Sissy's relationship seemed a bit far fetched. They get married off a whim, and then despite the domestic violence and real lack of empathy from Bud, Sissy wants him back and they live happily ever after. There is no doubt that these relationships exist, but it just could have been written better-for lack of a better word. It's like the movie needed another 20-30 minutes to solve these issues. However, other than that, I really enjoyed this. It shows the escape that these hard working country folk needed-in this case through mechanical bull riding. We also get to see some of John Travolta's dancing fresh off Saturday Night Fever. There are many well acted engaging scenes and the movie always maintained my interest.