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The Last Picture Show

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1971 Ben Johnson American Actor/Westerns
    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 1971 Cloris Leachman Phyllis of TV's "Phyllis" & "Mary Tyler Moore Show"

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50429

  • Credits
    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen McRae, Edna Rae, Keri Flynn, Erica Dean, Edna Rae Gillooly, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaid
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Filmed] in glorious black and white..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...The most mournful of all American youth pictures....It offers a peculiar pocket of time..."
    Total Film

    "[A] stark black-and-white drama about a fading small town in the 1950s....Perhaps director Peter Bogdanovich's finest hour."

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