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The Last Picture Show
- Cloris Leachman

Overview - Director Peter Bogdanovich (MASK, PAPER MOON) brings Larry McMurtry's bittersweet novel of life in a small, sleepy Texas town in the early 1950s to the big screen. This coming-of-age tale, shot in haunting black-and-white by cinematographer Robert Surtees (THE GRADUATE, OKLAHOMA!), focuses on best friends Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges) and their relationships.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Peter Bogdanovich (MASK, PAPER MOON) brings Larry McMurtry's bittersweet novel of life in a small, sleepy Texas town in the early 1950s to the big screen. This coming-of-age tale, shot in haunting black-and-white by cinematographer Robert Surtees (THE GRADUATE, OKLAHOMA!), focuses on best friends Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges) and their relationships. Duane is dating the beautiful but fickle Jacy Farrow (Cybill Shepherd), a good girl who is looking for a little excitement. Shy Sonny, meanwhile, is carrying on an illicit affair with a coach's wife, Ruth Popper (Cloris Leachman), a sad, plain woman whose only joy appears to be the stolen moments they share. By delving into the intertwining lives of the town's diverse residents, the film masterfully explores issues of love, loneliness, innocence lost, and disillusionment. The closing of the town's only cinema serves as both a physical and metaphoric backdrop to the characters' lives. A favorite of critics, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, earning one for both Leachman and Ben Johnson, whose portrayal of the town's father figure, Sam the Lion, is utterly masterful. Model-turned-actress Cybill Shepherd shines as Jacy in her film debut, which also features Ellen Burstyn as Jacy's mother, Lois. Bogdanovich also directed the sequel, TEXASVILLE (1990), which featured most of the original film's cast.

Awards:
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Cast List

Polly Platt - Designer/Producer/Writer
Cybill Shepherd - American Actress/Model, MOONLIGHTING
Ellen Burstyn - American actress, ALICE DOESN'T LIVEHERE ANYMORE
Ellen McRae - American actress, ALICE DOESN'T LIVEHERE ANYMORE
Edna Rae - American actress, ALICE DOESN'T LIVEHERE ANYMORE
Keri Flynn - American actress, ALICE DOESN'T LIVEHERE ANYMORE
Erica Dean - American actress, ALICE DOESN'T LIVEHERE ANYMORE
Edna Rae Gillooly - American actress, ALICE DOESN'T LIVEHERE ANYMORE
Jeff Bridges - American actor IRON MAN, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, STARMAN
Ben Johnson - American Actor/Westerns
Eileen Brennan - American Actress
Cloris Leachman - Phyllis of TV's "Phyllis" & "Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Stephen Friedman - American Producer/Screenwriter
Stephen J. Friedman - American Producer/Screenwriter
Larry McMurtry - Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Donn Cambern - Editor, EXCALIBUR (1981)
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography and father of Bruce Surtees
Peter Bogdanovich - Film Critic/Film Director
Randy Quaid - American Actor, THE LAST DETAIL
Timothy Bottoms - Actor, Pres. George W. Bush impersonator/actor

 
Details
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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 126
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 043396504295
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Friends
Coming Of Age
Recommended
Character Study
Infidelity
Nostalgic
Theatrical Release
Small Towns
Small Town Life
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Set in a small Texas town in the early 1950s, this beautiful, understated film studies the lives, loves, dreams, and desperation of several townsfolk as they come to terms with imminent change. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, this critically acclaimed film is directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Notes:
Theatrical release: October 3, 1971 Filmed on location in Texas and Florida. The film screened as part of the illustrious 1971 New York Film Festival. Bogdanovich and the 19-year-old Shepherd fell in love during the film's production, causing him to divorce his wife and fellow collaborator, Polly Platt. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.

Reviews:
"...[Filmed] in glorious black and white..." -- 4 out of 4 stars - 04/05/1991 USA Today, p.3D


"...The most mournful of all American youth pictures....It offers a peculiar pocket of time..." - 08/01/2003 Total Film, p.128


"[A] stark black-and-white drama about a fading small town in the 1950s....Perhaps director Peter Bogdanovich's finest hour." - 12/01/2005 Premiere, p.190

 
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