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The Last Picture Show ()


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In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

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Sonny Crawford
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Duane Jackson
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Jacy Farrow
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Sam the Lion
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Ruth Popper
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Lois Farrow
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Genevieve
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Abilene
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Billy
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Charlene Duggs (as Sharon Taggart)
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Lester Marlow
Joe Heathcock ...
the Sheriff
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Coach Popper
Barc Doyle ...
Joe Bob Blanton
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Miss Mosey
Gary Brockette ...
Bobby Sheen
Helena Humann ...
Jimmie Sue
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Leroy
Robert Glenn ...
Gene Farrow
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Teacher
Janice E. O'Malley ...
Mrs. Clarg (as Janice O'Malley)
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Oklahoma Patrolman
Kimberly Hyde ...
Annie Annie Martin
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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
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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 ...
The Leon Miller Band
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DJ (uncredited) (voice)
Stuart Spates ...
Roughneck in Truck (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Bogdanovich

Written by

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Larry McMurtry ... (screenplay) and
Peter Bogdanovich ... (screenplay)
 
Larry McMurtry ... (novel)

Produced by

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Stephen J. Friedman ... producer
Bert Schneider ... executive producer
Harold Schneider ... associate producer
Bob Rafelson ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys ... (archiveFootage)
Phil Harris ... (archiveFootage)
Johnny Standley ... (archiveFootage)
Hank Thompson ... (archiveFootage)

Cinematography by

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Donn Cambern
Peter Bogdanovich ... (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ross Brown ... (casting)

Production Design by

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Polly Platt ... (design)

Art Direction by

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Walter Scott Herndon

Costume Design by

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Polly Platt ... (uncredited)

Production Management

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Don Guest ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William A. Morrison ... second assistant director (as William Morrison)
Robert Rubin ... assistant director

Art Department

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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

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Tom Overton ... mixer
Dean Salmon ... boom man
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)
James Nelson ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alan Goldenhar ... gaffer
Leonard Lookabaugh ... dolly grip
Carl Manoogian ... key grip
Terry K. Meade ... camera operator (as Terry Meade)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nancy McArdle ... wardrobe
Mickey Sherrard ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Frank Marshall ... location manager

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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Gary Chason ... assistant to the director
Marilyn La Salandra ... production coordinator (as Marilyn LaSalandra)
Elly Mitchell ... production secretary
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor
Mae Woods ... production assistant
Claire Harrison ... publicist (uncredited)

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). Written by Mark Fleetwood

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Taglines Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed... See more »
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Also Known As
  • La dernière séance (France)
  • Die letzte Vorstellung (Germany)
  • La última película (Spain)
  • L'ultimo spettacolo (Italy)
  • La última película (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Budget $1,300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Cybill Shepherd was cast with the option of backing out of her nude scenes if she so desired. She only agreed to do them after asking the opinions of three female costars - Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn and Eileen Brennan - who all thought she should do them. See more »
Goofs When Duane returns to Anarene toward the end of the film, he is on leave from the US Army in the middle of the Korean War, around 1952. His hair is clearly too long to pass Army regulations, which limit the length of a soldier's hair, after he has completed basic training. His hair would be too long even for today's Army. Moreover, Duane has sideburns, which the Army would never have permitted. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Last Picture Show Re-Release Promo (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Cold, Cold Heart See more »
Quotes Sam the Lion: If she was here I'd probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about 5 minutes. Ain't that ridiculous?... Naw, it ain't really. 'Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that's what's ridiculous. Gettin' old.
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