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The Last Picture Show (1971)

R 118 min - Drama - 2 October 1971
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Growing up in 1951 in the small Texas town of Anarene, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and his best friend Duane (Jeff Bridges) respect and admire Sam the Lion (Ben Johnson), the ex-cowboy who owns the town's movie house, cafe and pool hall. After Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), prettiest girl in their senior class, shares an awkward motel room tryst with Duane, she drops him for an older, and wealthier, college boy. With nothing left for him in town, Duane enlists to go to war in Korea, but not before working off his frustrations in a fight that costs his good friend Sonny his sight in one eye. Unsuccessful in her effort to land a wealthy college man for her boyfriend, Jacy comes back home where, in Duane's absence, she and Sonny agree to get married and elope. But when the marriage goes unconsummated and Jacy is dragged by home by her angry father, her mother, Lois Farrow (Ellen Burstyn), is left to explain things to Sonny. For Sonny, he has stumbled into an unexpected, and mutually rewarding, affair with Ruth Popper (Cloris Leachman), the middle-aged wife of the high school football coach. So, as Sam the Lion's death finally marks the end of his youthful innocence, Sonny turns to Ruth for comfort.

Director:  Peter Bogdanovich
Stars:  Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Sharon Ullrick, Randy Quaid, Bill Thurman, Jessie Lee Fulton, Helena Humann, Barc Doyle, Gary Brockette, John Hillerman, Joe Heathcock, Kimberly Hyde, Noble Willingham, Janice O'Malley, Grover Lewis

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Growing up in 1951 in the small Texas town of Anarene, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and his best friend Duane (Jeff Bridges) respect and admire Sam the Lion (Ben Johnson), the ex-cowboy who owns the town's movie house, cafe and pool hall. After Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), prettiest girl in their senior class, shares an awkward motel room tryst with Duane, she drops him for an older, and wealthier, college boy. With nothing left for him in town, Duane enlists to go to war in Korea, but not before working off his frustrations in a fight that costs his good friend Sonny his sight in one eye. Unsuccessful in her effort to land a wealthy college man for her boyfriend, Jacy comes back home where, in Duane's absence, she and Sonny agree to get married and elope. But when the marriage goes unconsummated and Jacy is dragged by home by her angry father, her mother, Lois Farrow (Ellen Burstyn), is left to explain things to Sonny. For Sonny, he has stumbled into an unexpected, and mutually rewarding, affair with Ruth Popper (Cloris Leachman), the middle-aged wife of the high school football coach. So, as Sam the Lion's death finally marks the end of his youthful innocence, Sonny turns to Ruth for comfort.



Tagline: Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed...

Genres: Drama

Details

Language:  English
Release Date:  2 October 1971

Box Office

Budget:  $1,300,000
Revenue:  $29,133,000

Company Credits

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 58 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Jeff Bridges {“Duane Jackson”}
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Ben Johnson {“Sam the Lion”}  – WON
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Ellen Burstyn {“Lois Farrow”}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Cloris Leachman {“Ruth Popper”}  – WON
CINEMATOGRAPHY — Robert Surtees
DIRECTING — Peter Bogdanovich
BEST PICTURE — Stephen J. Friedman, Producer
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Larry McMurtry, Peter Bogdanovich


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