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''City Slickers'' (1991) is a {{Western}} {{Comedy}} film, directed by Ron Underwood. The main stars were Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Creator/HelenSlater, Jack Palance and Bruno Kirby. The film is about a group of men experiencing a collective midlife crisis. Mitch Robbins (Crystal) is an advertising manager at a radio station who's increasingly disillusioned with the lack of meaning he sees in his job and his life. Phil Berquist (Stern) is stuck managing his father-in-law's grocery store, while trapped in a sexless marriage with an overbearing wife, and Ed Furillo (Kirby) is a successful businessman and playboy, struggling with the idea of monogamous marriage and the pressure to have kids.

At Mitch's 39th birthday party, Phil and Ed present their joint birthday present: a two-week Southwestern cattle drive for all three men. At the insistence of his wife Barbara (Patricia Wettig), Mitch accepts the gift, traveling with his friends to New Mexico, where they meet the other participants of the cattle drive and learn the ropes of moving the herd, guided by the grizzled, tough-as-nails boss of the whole operation, Curly (Palance).

Jack Palance won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Curly and AFI ranked the film as #86 on its "100 Laugh" list. ''City Slickers'' was followed in 1994 by ''City Slickers II: [[StockSubtitle The Legend of Curly's Gold]],'' which was not as well-received as the original.
!! These films contain examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mitch accidentally causing a stampede? Curly chuckles and shakes his head.
* AngryBlackMan: During their intro, the son dentist tries to do this trope, but the dad tells him to lay off.
* AnimalStampede: Mitch's coffee grinder starts a stampede of the cows.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: The animated main titles begin after the bull gores Mitch from behind in Pamplona.
* AutomatonHorses: Consciously averted, as the main characters' lack of riding experience is played for laughs.
* AwardBaitSong: "Where Did My Heart Go?" by Marc Shaiman.
* AwfulWeddedLife: All scenes and dialogue make it obvious that this is the case between Phil and Arlene.
* BackupTwin: ''City Slickers II'' has this in the form of Duke, Curly's equally-scary twin brother. The reason given for his absence, and not even being mentioned, in the first movie is that he and Curly weren't on speaking terms, he was out on the sea, and Curly didn't exactly talk about his personal life to a guy he met yesterday all that much anyway.
* BadassBoast: Curly's "I ''crap'' bigger than you." Yes.
* BenevolentBoss: Lou, the manager at Mitch's radio station. When he learns about what Mitch is going through, he's polite enough to sympathize with him.
* BigLittleBrother: Mitch's brother Glen in the second film. Glen even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in his first scene.
* TheCasanova: Ed is a womanizer who fears monogamy, and he's dating a model.
* CampCook: He gives a brief but memorable eulogy at Curly's funeral.
* CattleDrive: The whole premise of the first movie.
* TheChewToy: Phil is never safe from the world's abuse. Examples include being chased by bulls to the point that he is forced to jump onto a flagpole, accidentally sitting on a cactus and mistaking it for a snake bite, or being involved in a sexless marriage.
* CityMouse: The entire cast lives in New York City.
* CitySlicker: The eponymous trio. It's also the title of the film.
* ClosestThingWeGot: The two dentists.
-->"He's injured, and we have medical training."
-->"Dad, we're dentists, what are we gonna do, give him a cleaning?!"
* CoolOldGuy: Curly turns out to be this, once Mitch gets to know him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mitch, being played by Creator/BillyCrystal, has a dry and witty personality.
--> '''Mitch:''' Hi, Curly--kill anyone today?
--> '''Curly:''' [[SnarkToSnarkCombat Day ain't over yet.]]
* DiesWideOpen[=/=][[DiedStandingUp Died On His Horse]]: Curly. It takes several minutes for Mitch & Co. to realize he's dead.
* DrivenToSuicide: It is implied that Phil was contemplating killing himself for a few seconds before Mitch and Ed come to check on him.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Mitch and Barbara. "No...''you'' make me happy--'here'."
* HeroesWantRedheads: Curly's story about his greatest love.
* HollywoodMidLifeCrisis: The film about three friends who are each going through their own respective mid-life crisis. Mitch is bored with his job and frightened by how quickly the years seem to be flying by. Phil's SexlessMarriage prompts him to have an affair with a younger coworker, resulting in him losing his job and his wife leaving him. Ed is a successful businessman and womanizer who is frightened by the prospect of settling down and starting a family. The three friends go on a cattle drive vacation, during which they all begin to figure out their lives.
* IAmNotMyFather: Mitch suggests that Ed's drive to succeed comes from wanting to be better than the father who abandoned him and his mother and sister.
** Conversely, his fears of commitment and fatherhood appear to be for the same reason--even after finally marrying, he's reluctant to have children out of fear of turning out like his father.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff:
-->"If anything happens to him...I'm going after Barbara."
* MacGuffinEscortMission: The cattle drive.
* MayDecemberRomance:
---> "Ed, have you noticed that the older you get, the younger your girlfriends get? Soon, you'll be dating sperm."
** His eventual wife appears to be 10-20 years his junior.
* NervousWreck: It doesn't take much for Phil to be sent into hysterics.
* NeverMessWithGranny:
-->'''Duke:''' My Ma died last year, she was 95. Stabbed in a bar fight.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Ira & Berry's Ice Cream = Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in II when the group is trying to deal with spending the night out in a freezing thunderstorm with no tent. The [[{{Squick}} reaction]] to this suggestion by Mitch and Glen is about what you would expect, and eventually they come up with a better plan.
--> '''Phil''': In case we don't make it, and I die first...eat me.\\
'''Mitch''': [[{{Squick}} Eat you]]??? I don't even like to talk to you on the phone!
* OpenHeartDentistry: See ClosestThingWeGot, above.
* PerilousOldFool: According to Duke, he and Curly's mom was one of these.
-->'''Duke:''' Our mom died. She was 95. Stabbed in a bar fight.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Curly was the more honorable of the two, and also preferred the life of a cowboy. Duke was a conniving sort who loved the sea and joined the Navy. But they appear to have had a mutual respect and have equally threatening presences.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Curly]] in the second film.
* PunnyName: In the first film, the couple who run the ranches and the cattle drive. Meet Clay Stone and his wife, Mill(ie) Stone.
* {{Rancher}}: The ranch owner who needs the cattle drive done.
* RecklessGunUsage: Phil wrestles for one of the trail hands' guns and uses it to scare them into sobering up. Even after the situation has been defused (Phil yells "BANG!" instead of shooting), he keeps his finger tight on the trigger and is clearly agitated.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Mitch's brother Glenn replaced Ed in the sequel.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Norman the cow. Mitch goes to great lengths to protect that little calf and ends up keeping him as a pet.
* RightBehindMe: Occurs in both movies, both times executed by Mitch. (''twice'' in II)
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Phil Berquist, as played by Daniel Stern, often screams in a high pitch.
* SeriousBusiness: Ira and Barry ask Mitch to challenge Barry to name a meal to follow up with the right type of ice cream. Mitch's first challenge is a half-assed one, which Barry takes as an insult.
* SexlessMarriage: Phil and his wife. "That's right! Not having sex ''for twelve years'' will do that to a person!"
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' in II, a lot.
** During a montage in the first film, Mitch sings the ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'' TitleThemeTune with spoofy altered lyrics.:
--->"Rollin' rollin' rollin'\\
Keep those doggies rollin'\\
Man my ass is swollen\\
* SleepingWithTheBoss: A checkout girl from Phil's store breaks into a party he's attending to tell him she's pregnant, so this trope has been in play. Played both for drama, and laughs:
-->'''Ed''': ...that's pretty smug advice, coming from a man who mounted an eighteen-year-old checkout girl on the day-old bread rack.
-->'''Phil''': She's twenty, and shut up.
-->'''Ed''': Let me get you hot, Phil: "I need a price. Register Nine, I need a price..."
-->'''Phil''': Cut it out!
-->'''Mitch''': ''(warningly)'' Guys...
-->'''Ed''': What did you use for protection, paper or plastic?
* SleepsWithBothEyesOpen: Subverted, where the main character thinks this is happening. Turns out, Curly's really dead.
* {{Squick}}: InUniverse. Phil tells the other guys he was watching a horse getting castrated. ''({{Beat}})'' Mitch says, "Well! [[SarcasmMode I'm hungry]]--[[DeadpanSnarker how about you?]]"
* StagedShooting: At the end of ''City Slickers 2'', the target is so startled that even ''he'' doesn't realize he wasn't shot.
* SuckOutThePoison: Subverted. It was a thorn. Please chill.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Phil, given his SexlessMarriage and HenpeckedHusband status. However, RealityEnsues. While sympathetic, none of his friends condone his behavior, he and the girl have a pregnancy scare, and he's certain that he'll be financially wiped out in the divorce and lose custody of his children.
* TakingTheBullet: Parodied in ''City Slickers II'' when Glen takes a bullet for Mitch, shares some tearful last words with his brother, and black out...then immediately revives upon discovering the bullet was a blank.
* TitleDrop: Clay Stone tells the cattle drive group that "You came here city slickers; you're gonna go home cowboys."
* TorosYFlamenco: The opening depicts Pamplona's annual Running of the Bulls. Although Phil and Ed flee from the bulls (Phil by jumping on a Spanish flagpole and Ed by getting into the spectators), Mitch gets gored from behind.
* TreasureMap: Subverted in ''City Slickers II'' [[spoiler:since it was a fake map leading to fake treasure as part of an "adventure tour." Then Double Subverted, when it turns out there ''was'' gold hidden elsewhere in the desert.]].
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Interspecies example in the second movie, when Glen decides to help out around the house by milking the cow Mitch acquired in the first movie:
-->'''Glen:''' There is something wrong with your cow. I reach under there and I'm pulling, tugging, tugging, pulling, nothing, not a drop. \\
'''Mitch:''' The cow's name is Norman. You were pulling on his dick. \\
'''Glen:''' [[BrainBleach I'm gonna go wash up.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Ed wasn't seen or heard from in part 2.
** On that note, Mitch's brother Glen (Creator/JonLovitz) is a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Curly's burial:
-->'''Cookie:''' Lord, we give you Curly. Try not to piss him off.