A Bar, a Bull and a Movie

Actor John Travolta and Debra Winger smile on set of the Paramount Pictures movie 'Urban Cowboy' circa 1980. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Movies and sometimes songs can start a craze that sweeps the nation and last for years. This is no different from June 6, 1980 when the mechanical bull riding was brought into the spotlight. The movie Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta and Debra Winger featuring a mechanical bull brought in $53.3 million from theaters nationwide.