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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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  (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:
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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)

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All the film's music (except for the closing credits and the live band at the Christmas party) is played in the background on radios, jukeboxes, or on a portable record player (the two Wichita Falls party scenes).See more »
Anachronisms: When Lois Farrow makes a telephone call from her home she dials a seven digit number. In 1951 a telephone number would have been at the most five digits in the small town of Anarene, Texas.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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49 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Sublime, 23 April 2002
Author: Jacob Rosen ( from United States

Peter Bogdonovich's great love of film, combined with Larry McMurtry's superior storytelling (he wrote the novel and both collaborated on the script), is in glorious evidence in this elegiac study of life in a small Texas town in the early Fifties. Bogdonovich pays a heartfelt tribute to the America of John Ford and Howard Hawks but the subject matter is contemporary, anguished, appropriate for the time in which it was made. Filmed by the great Robert Surtees in a flat black and white that perfectly evokes the bleakness of rural Texas life and peppered with a fine soundtrack of the popular country hits of the time, Bogdonovich creates a mise en scene understated and keenly observant of the details. It's also filled with McMurtry's trademark mix of humor and pathos. The cast (including Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman) is letter-perfect but it's Ben Johnson as Sam the Lion who gives the film its center: in an overwhelming (yet masterfully restrained) performance, Johnson unforgettably absorbs the town's despair, loneliness and regret; his short monologue about lost love is delivered with such deceptive simplicity that its power sneaks up on you unawares. One of the great performances and one of the groundbreaking films of the Seventies.

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