The Last Picture Show

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"Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed…"
  • R
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 58 min
  • 8.0  (51,332)
  • 93

The Last Picture Show, released in 1971, is a coming-of-age drama film set in a small town in Texas. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, it stars Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, and Cybill Shepherd in lead roles. The film follows the lives of a group of teenagers in the early 1950s, as they navigate through the small-town life with all its complexities, relationships and tragedies. The story is set in Anarene, a small and dying town in Texas, that is slowly losing its charm and vividness. As the boys and girls of the town encounter love, sex, and responsibilities, they come face to face with the harsh realities of adulthood.

Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) is a high school senior and is one of the central characters of the movie. He works at a movie theater in the town and is involved in an affair with the wife of his football coach, Ruth (Cloris Leachman). He is also best friends with Duane (Jeff Bridges), the star quarterback of the high school football team, who is dating Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), the prettiest girl in town, and who is constantly looking for thrills and excitement.

As the plot unfolds, the teenagers grapple with the changing landscape of their town and their lives. They deal with heartbreaks, unrequited love, unexpected pregnancies, and the realization that their dreams and ambitions may not come to fruition. The Last Picture Show shows the challenges of growing up in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else's business, and the fights against frustration and hopelessness.

The movie features stunning cinematography, and its black and white cinematography reflects the despair and desolation of the town's landscape. It has a haunting soundtrack of country and western music of the era, including Hank Williams and Willie Nelson, that captures the melancholy and nostalgia of the time. The use of long takes and real locations adds to the authenticity of the film and elevates it beyond a simple teenage drama.

Peter Bogdanovich's direction is exquisite, evoking the nostalgia of the era with precision and poignancy. Through his lens, we see not just the teenagers, but the adults of the town, all leading unsatisfying lives, struggling with their own issues, and showing the bleakness and isolation of small-town life.

The acting performances are exceptional, with Timothy Bottoms leading the charge as Sonny, delivering a quietly powerful and nuanced performance that grounds the movie in reality. Jeff Bridges, in his breakout role, plays Duane with a vulnerability that is endearing, and Cybill Shepherd is captivating as Jacy, embodying the innocence and vulnerability of a young girl surrounded by expectations.

The Last Picture Show became a masterpiece of American cinema, earning eight Academy Award nominations and winning two, one for Best Supporting Actor for Ben Johnson, who played Sam the Lion, the pillar of the town, and another for Best Supporting Actress for Cloris Leachman's role as Ruth, the lonely and troubled wife of the football coach.

The film's profound portrayal of small-town life and its evocative themes of growing up, isolation, and disillusionment resonated with audiences worldwide. It remains a timeless classic and a poignant reminder of the challenges of navigating adulthood in a world that's constantly changing.

The Last Picture Show is a 1971 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes. It has received outstanding reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.0 and a MetaScore of 93.

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  • Release Date
    1971
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 58 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (51,332)
  • Metascore
    93