CITY SLICKERS is a skewed, serio-comic variation on Howard Hawks' classic RED RIVER in which the cattle drive becomes a two-week vacation, Walter Brennan, Montgomery Clift and John Wayne become Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Billy Crystal, and the manifest destiny subtext becomes an inner
search for the "child within" and a man's discovery of his smile.
Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal), the man without a smile, is in the throes of a mid-life crisis, questioning his success and his family's happiness. Joining Mitch are his two best friends, Ed Furillo (Bruno Kirby), a loudmouth womanizer fretful about settling down and raising a family, and Phil
Berquist (Daniel Ste...