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The Last Picture Show -- The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.


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Larry McMurtry (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 October 1971 (USA) See more »
Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed... See more »
A group of 1950s high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both economically and culturally. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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... worthy of its place in the list of great films of the 1970s See more (164 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Bottoms ... Sonny Crawford

Jeff Bridges ... Duane Jackson

Cybill Shepherd ... Jacy Farrow

Ben Johnson ... Sam the Lion

Cloris Leachman ... Ruth Popper

Ellen Burstyn ... Lois Farrow

Eileen Brennan ... Genevieve

Clu Gulager ... Abilene

Sam Bottoms ... Billy

Sharon Ullrick ... Charlene Duggs (as Sharon Taggart)

Randy Quaid ... Lester Marlow
Joe Heathcock ... the Sheriff
Bill Thurman ... Coach Popper
Barc Doyle ... Joe Bob Blanton
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Miss Mosey
Gary Brockette ... Bobby Sheen
Helena Humann ... Jimmie Sue

Loyd Catlett ... Leroy
Robert Glenn ... Gene Farrow

John Hillerman ... Teacher
Janice E. O'Malley ... Mrs. Clarg (as Janice O'Malley)
Floyd Mahaney ... Oklahoma Patrolman
Kimberly Hyde ... Annie Annie Martin

Noble Willingham ... Chester
Marjorie Jay ... Winnie Snips
Joye Hash ... Mrs. Jackson
Pamela Keller ... Jackie Lee French
Gordon Hurst ... Monroe
Mike Hosford ... Johnny
Faye Jordan ... Nurse
Charles Seybert ... Andy Fanner
Grover Lewis ... Mr. Crawford
Rebecca Ulrick ... Marlene
Merrill Shepherd ... Agnes
Buddy Wood ... Bud
Kenny Wood ... Ken
Leon Brown ... Cowboy in Cafe
Bobby McGriff ... Truck Driver
Jack Mueller ... Oil Pumper
Robert Arnold ... Brother Blanton

Frank Marshall ... Tommy Logan
Tom Martin ... Larry
Otis Elmore ... 1st Mechanic
Charles Salmon ... Roughneck Driver
George Gaulden ... Cowboy
Will Morris Hannis ... Gas Station Man
The Leon Miller Band ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Bogdanovich ... DJ (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich 
Writing credits
Larry McMurtry (screenplay) and
Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay)

Larry McMurtry (novel)

Produced by
Stephen J. Friedman .... producer
Bert Schneider .... executive producer
Harold Schneider .... associate producer
Bob Rafelson .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (archive footage)
Phil Harris (archive footage)
Johnny Standley (archive footage)
Hank Thompson (archive footage)
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern 
Peter Bogdanovich (uncredited)
Casting by
Ross Brown 
Production Design by
Polly Platt (design)
Art Direction by
Walter Scott Herndon 
Costume Design by
Polly Platt (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Guest .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Morrison .... second assistant director (as William Morrison)
Robert Rubin .... assistant director
Art Department
Vincent M. Cresciman .... design assistant (as Vincent Cresciman)
Louis Donelan .... props
George Lillie .... painter
Al Litteken .... construction coordinator
Ed Shanley .... construction supervisor
Walter Starkey .... props
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... mixer
Dean Salmon .... boom man
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Goldenhar .... gaffer
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Terry K. Meade .... camera operator (as Terry Meade)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy McArdle .... wardrobe
Mickey Sherrard .... wardrobe
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Gary Chason .... assistant to director
Marilyn La Salandra .... production coordinator (as Marilyn LaSalandra)
Frank Marshall .... location manager
Elly Mitchell .... production secretary
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Mae Woods .... production assistant
Claire Harrison .... publicist (uncredited)
Eddy Arnold .... for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records
Tony Bennett .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Columbia Records
Eddie Fisher .... for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records
Lefty Frizzell .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Columbia Records
Phil Harris .... for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records
Pee Wee King .... for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records
Frankie Laine .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Columbia Records
Webb Pierce .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Decca Records
Johnnie Ray .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Columbia Records
Hank Snow .... for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records
Jo Stafford .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Decca Records
Johnny Standley .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Kay Starr .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Hank Thompson .... for their music we thank: courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Hank Williams .... for their music we thank: courtesy of MGM Records
Bob Wills .... for their music we thank: courtesy of MGM Records (as Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language
118 min | 127 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1992) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Tex Ritter auditioned for the role of Sam the Lion as his son John was considered for the role of Sonny.See more »
Anachronisms: When Sonny and Jacy are driving to Oklahoma to get married, the highway markings are incorrect. In 1952, Texas highways were marked with a solid line down the middle of the highway with no-passing zones marked with dashed lines.See more »
[first lines]
Radio announcer:President Truman'll be here tomorrow, so all you folks in Dallas turn out, chuh hear? This is Cowboy Rhythms on KTRN, Wichita Falls, here's Hank Williams' big hit tune, "Cold Cold Heart".
Sam the Lion:You ain't ever gonna amount to nothing. Already spent a dime this morning, ain't even had a decent breakfast. Gimme the chalk. Why don't you comb you hair Sonny, it sticks up, look like you smelled'm wolf. I'm surprised you had the nerve to show up this morning after that stomping y'all took last night.
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100 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
... worthy of its place in the list of great films of the 1970s, 10 January 2005
Author: jiminyglick from santa monica, ca

Perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall any artist is to have their life become more compelling than their work; such is the sad case with Peter Bogdanovich whose meteoric rise to fame was matched only by a truly famous fall from favor and a bewildering journey through tabloid hell. (Charles Shyer and Nancy Meyers mined the not inconsiderable drama of the first act of his life to sporadically great comic effect in 1984's Irreconcilable Differences. And his tragic love affair with Playboy model turned actress Dorothy Stratten is fictionalized in Bob Fosse's astonishing, horrifying Star 80 (1983). How many directors become characters in films?)

Bogdanovich's love affair with film is undeniable, though it has, in the past three decades, yielded far more perplexing misfires (The Cat's Meow, At Long Last Love, Nickelodeon) than unqualified successes. That said, The Last Picture Show is an extraordinary accomplishment and worthy of its place in the list of great films of the 1970s.

1971's other important films (Friedkin's The French Connection, Pakula's Klute, Kubrick's Clockwork Orange) are loud, angry, violent and contemporary – in-your-face reflections of a society in which rage and nihilism, engendered by Vietnam and the growing discontent over government corruption, is the currency of communication. The uncertainty coursing through the veins of American pop culture also begat in equal, if not equally graphic, measure a palpable sense of sorrow at the destruction of a simpler way of life (no matter how "true" that memory may be).

Like Jewison's Fiddler on the Roof and Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Last Picture Show is a powerful and poignant evocation of the death of a community and a way of life. Thematically rich and imbued with Bogdanovich's remarkable knowledge and passion for film, the movie works on a dazzling number of levels; and Bogdanovich's use of nostalgia and traditional, archetypal genre conventions both enriches the movie and compounds the heartbreaking loss at the heart of the story.

His deft handling of a cast comprised of then (largely) unknowns (Bridges, Bottoms, Shepherd) is first-rate and he draws forth superb, often sublime performances from everyone (in particular, Johnson, Burstyn and Leachman). There isn't a false note or a misstep in the movie and there is a naturalness here that is not easily achieved or earned. The great production design (by Bogdanovich's then wife and partner Polly Platt whose contributions to his work and her subsequent involvement in the best works of James L. Brooks should not go underestimated) and the achingly beautiful cinematography by the late Robert Surtees are vital to the success (emotionally, intellectually, thematically) of the film.

The Last Picture Show is a truly rare work of surprising depth and emotional resonance; and the heartache for a time and place forever gone and the desperate and quiet struggles of its very real, very human denizens is matched only by the sorrow found in contemplation of Bogdanovich's Icarus-like fall from such exalted heights.

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