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Director:
Writers:
Larry McMurtry (screenplay) and
Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed... See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Sense Of Realism See more (161 total) »

Cast

  (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:

Antonia Bogdanovich ... Singer (uncredited)

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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language
Runtime:
118 min | 127 min (director's cut)
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
This film began a trend where already popular recordings by the original artists are used to score a film. Featured here are songs by Frankie Laine, Hank Williams, Jo Stafford and others..See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As Sonny drives past all of Sam the Lion's businesses (from which he has been banned), there is a brief shot out the truck's window which takes in a 1960s-vintage car parked at the curb.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in By Bogdanovich (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Fool Such As ISee more »

FAQ

What did Joe Bob (the Preacher's Son) do to the little girl?
What relation was Billy to Sam the Lion?
Why was Ruth Popper so unhappy with her husband (Coach)?
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106 out of 120 people found the following review useful.
A Sense Of Realism, 29 January 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

This is a character study wherein the main character is a small West Texas town, circa 1951. In the U.S., the early 1950s symbolized a transition from nineteenth century agrarian values to twentieth century urbanism. In the film, various people who live in the town must confront the reality that time moves on. Things change. Assumptions of previous generations give way to the untested assumptions of the future. The film's theme is thus American cultural change, and the personal disillusionment that such change can bring. It is a powerful theme, and the film imparts that theme with logical clarity and emotional frankness.

In the hands of lesser talents, the subject matter of unimportant people doing unimportant things might have yielded a tiresome soap opera. But the film's script is poetic, the direction is skillful, the B&W cinematography is artistic, the casting is perfect, and the performances are superlative.

The story draws heavily from early American individualism. Life here is mostly physical, not mental. Human relationships are direct, immediate, one-on-one. Except for schools, which are given some prominence, cultural institutions exist in the film only vaguely or not at all. For entertainment, people listen to radio, which features the mournful country-western music of Hank Williams. Or, they go to the town's decrepit picture show, where an elderly Miss Mosey kindly returns money to the kids who got there too late to see the cartoons.

If the film has a weakness it is in the presentation of a realism that is incomplete. We see mostly stifling bleakness, though that is ameliorated somewhat by humor. What we don't see are the uplifting influences and the optimism that sustained agrarian generations through hardships and rough times.

Nevertheless, within the film's story parameters, the film does convey an accurate account of what life was like for ordinary folks in West Texas in the early 1950s. I doubt that this film could be made today. Contemporary audiences have been conditioned to expect non-stop action, loudness, glitz, and overblown special effects, all of which are absent, mercifully, from this film.

Low-key, perceptive, bleak, and melancholy, "The Last Picture Show" easily makes my list of Top Ten favorite films of all time.

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