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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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Director:
Writers:
Larry McMurtry (screenplay) and
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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 18 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An American classic See more (156 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)
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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 
 
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 .... sound mixer
Dean Salmon .... boom operator
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Goldenhar .... gaffer
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Terry K. Meade .... camera operator
 
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
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Mae Woods .... production assistant
Claire Harrison .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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:
The location was Archer City, Texas, hometown of Larry McMurtry, the author of the novel "The Last Picture Show". McMurtry and Director Peter Bogdanovich scouted several locations for the movie and Bogdonovich chose Archer City when McMurtry stopped there during the trip. The town remains much as it was during the filming. The Royal Theater was rebuilt after the filming of Texasville (1990), sequel to The Last Picture Show. The Royal no longer screens films but currently hosts The Texasville Opry, the Late Week Lazy Boy Supper Club and numerous plays and performances.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The movie is set in the early 1950s, but at 50 minutes and 19 seconds in, when Sonny is driving through town at night just after he first has sex with Mrs. Popper, a car from the mid-1960s or later is briefly visible.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 Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Texas, Our TexasSee more »

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Why did Sam the Lion leave the preacher's boy $1000?
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Why was Ruth Popper so unhappy with her husband (Coach)?
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46 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
An American classic, 31 October 2001
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

In this nostalgic, atmospheric study of small town life in the fifties as seen a decade later, filmed on location in Wichita Falls and Archer City, Texas (from a novel by the incomparable Larry McMurtry), the force of slow, inevitable change is symbolized in the showing of the last picture at the local movie house. That last picture show, incidentally, is Howard Hawks' celebrated Western, Red River (1948) starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift.

Well, the movie houses came back to life as multiplexes charging eight bucks a pop, but the Western movie died out, and the boys watching that movie went their separate ways into manhood.

Peter Bogdanovich's direction is episodic and leisurely, naturalistic with just a hint of the maudlin. We get a sense of the North Texas prairie wind blowing through a cattle town where there is not a lot to do and a whole lot of time to do it. Hungry women and a sense of drift. Boredom, gray skies and a lot of dust. You could set 'Anarene, Texas' down any place in southwestern or midwestern America, circa 1951, and you wouldn't have to change much: a main drag, a Texaco gas station, a café, a feed store, flat lands all around, old pickup trucks and a pool hall, youngsters with a restless yearning to grow up, drinking beer out of brown bottles giggling and elbowing each other in the ribs, and the old boys playing dominoes and telling tales of bygone days.

Robert Surtees's stark, yet romantic black and white cinematography, captures well that bygone era. The wide shot of the bus pulling out, taking Duane off to the Korean War with Sonny watching, standing by the Texaco station with the missing letter in the sign, was a tableau in motion, a moment stopped in our minds.

Cybill Shepherd made her debut here as Jacy Farrow, a bored little rich girl playing at love and sexuality. Part of the restorations in the video not shown in theaters in the early seventies includes some footage of her in the buff after stripping on a diving board (!). She is as shallow as she is pretty, and one of the reasons for seeing this film, although in truth her performance, while engaging, was a little uneven.

The rest of the cast was outstanding, in particular Timothy Bottoms whose Sonny Crawford is warm and forgiving, sweet and innocent. Jeff Bridges's Duane Jackson is two-faced, wild and careless, self-centered and probably going to die in Korea. Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman deservedly won Oscars as best supporting actors. Leachman was especially good as the lonely 40-year-old wife of the football coach who has an awkward affair with the 18-year-old Sonny, while Johnson played a lovable, crusty guy that the kids looked up to. Sam Bottoms played the retarded Billy with steady, tragic good humor. Ellen Burstyn as Jacy's terminally bored mother, and Eileen Brennan as the wise waitress with a hand on her hip were also very good.

Memorable, but perhaps too obviously insertional, are the medley of country, pop, and rock and roll tunes from the late forties/early fifties jingling out of car radios and 45 record players throughout the film.

Peter Bogdanovich followed this with some hits, including the comedy What's Up Doc (1972) with Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, and Madeline Kahn, and the excellent Paper Moon (1973) with Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, but then tailed off.

I don't think he ever lived up to the promise of this film, an American classic not to be missed.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)

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