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The summer of 1984: 32 years after Duane Jackson captained the high school football team and Jacy Farrow was homecoming queen, the small town of Anarene, Texas prepares for its centennial celebration. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane's $12 million in debt. His wife Karla drinks too much, his children are always in trouble, and he tom-cats around with the wives of friends. Jacy's back in town, after a mildly successful acting career, life in Italy, and the death of her son. People assume Duane and Jacy will resume their high school romance. And Sonny is "tired in his mind," causing worries for his safety. Can these friends find equilibrium in middle age?Written by
The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name had been first published in 1987. See more »
At the beginning of the centennial parade, a half-built Ferris wheel with no cars attached can be seen in background; several minutes later, it's fully operational. See more »
The pills make me feel like I got a fuzz in my head, sort of a warm fuzz... not a great feeling. I'd rather see movies in the sky.
Well, maybe you ought to lay off the pills until the Centennial's over. We're all going to need our wits about us once that gets started.
I think my wits live somewhere else now.
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Director's Cut additions:
Duane visits Sonny at the convenience store. Sonny tells him that he thinks he is going crazy and might have a brain tumor. He mentions how he wished they could find a way to bring Sam the Lion and Billy into the celebration, saying he doesn't want them to be forgotten.
Longer shot of Duane passed out in the boat that dips up to reveal the horizon (The theatrical cut of this shot starts earlier, revealing Duane in a panning shot. The Director's Cut starts with Duane already in the shot.)
Jacy mentions how she saw Sonny and asks whatever happened to him and Ruth. Duane tells her that the coach found them out years ago, shot Sonny in the elbow and then died a month later of cancer.
Duane, in the hot tub, shoots at Shorty's elaborate dog house.
Sonny uses a crowbar to demolish a standing structure within the old picture show building.
Duane drives by Jacy's home and Shorty gets into his truck and the two drive off. They stop and see some of Duane's workers who are shooting rather than working. Duane then drops Shorty back off at Jacy's home.
Duane and Lester meet up at the football field talking about Dickie and the fact that Lester's wife is pregnant. Lester's wife shows up saying that she needs help cutting down the script for the pageant and then has a mini crying fit before regaining composure and stating that they need to hook up the PA system.
Duane pulls up behind Junior's wife at a flashing traffic light at night and they have a quickie in the car as a truck passes by. The next morning, Duane sees Junior eating Fruit Loops (in preparation for a fast for the holocaust) and watching Saturday morning cartoons at his home. That night at rehearsal, Jacy invites Duane and his family to her home for a pasta dinner. Duane comments how Jacy gets along better with his family that he does, and Jacy points out the unease between them. Jacy takes Duane up to her bedroom to watch a movie (Gena Rowlands in GLORIA), and Duane falls asleep. Jacy escorts him to an empty bedroom to sleep. The next day, Jacy and Duane meet up for breakfast. Jacy apologizes for flirting the night before, and then she runs off asking Duane to pay for her breakfast.
Duane is fishing with Genevieve. She tells him that she and Ruth want to take care of Sonny and that he would die if he went to a hospital. Genevieve then tells of a dream in which she catches a big fish and a bunch of men come over to look at it.
Shorty is rolling on his back in front of Jacy, who is wearing just a blue towel after taking a shower. Jacy mentions her dead son, Benny, and then states that she can't sing when she is sad. Duane drives her to the stadium for her to sing her hymn in front of the crowd as Duane drives on.
Duane witnesses a run at the bank. The crowd bangs on the door to be let in, but the employees inside ignore them.
Duane visits the woman who gave Dickie a Porsche, and she explains that she did it because he was a prize in bed. She then gives Duane a hug, stating that he looks "sad enough to die."
Shot of Duane's oil rig.
Duane visits the graves of Billy and Sam the Lion.
Duane reads how oil prices have dropped in the newspaper and discusses his business with Leroy. They see Lester and his wife drive by, happily back together. Carla and Jacy drive up to pick up Duane for breakfast, telling him that he's driving off with "the two best looking women in Texas." Total running time of added footage: 25:12 Director's Cut running time: 2:29:22
Director Peter Bogdanovich's failed follow-up to his critical breakthrough film, 1971's "The Last Picture Show", returns to small town Texas to catch up on the lives of those once-compelling characters. Bogdanovich, who--in a replay of the first film--also adapted Larry McMurtry's novel, is now too jaded to see much joy or dramatic irony in these surroundings, and the sterling cast he has assembled just seems disheartened. The plot, a rumination of Jeff Bridges' Duane Jackson (who is now an unhappily married oil-man dissatisfied with his job and life), doesn't built any momentum, emotional, dramatic or otherwise, and the director follows a botched pattern: one flabby, talky sequence after another. * from ****
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