• The Last Picture Show (1971)

The Last Picture Show

Release Date: January 1st, 1971

R |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges), live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife, Ruth (Cloris Leachman). As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Genres: Drama

Production Co: BBS Productions, Columbia Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Moving, Escape, 1950s, Growing up, Friendship, Small town, Rivalry, Mother, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Using period songs and decor to create nostalgia is familiar enough, but to tunnel down to the visual level and get that right, too, and in a way that will affect audiences even if they aren't aware how, is one hell of a directing accomplishment. show more

  • 100
    Slant Magazine

    Delineates the quiet, desperate lives of the citizens of Anarene, Texas over the course of one year in the early 1950s. show more

  • 88
    Rolling Stone

    It's a snapshot of a small Texas town in the 1950s that's ostensibly filled with bighearted, god-fearing real Americans. But this exceedingly sad film spits in the eye of such homespun niceties: This is an Eisenhower-era world riddled with directionless teens, bored housewives and disenfranchised citizens who can't escape the futility around them. show more

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Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)