The Last Picture Show 15

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Bogdanovich's 1971 film The Last Picture Show, based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, opens on Saturday Nov. 12, 1951 -- the eve of the Korean War; it was the beginning of the end for movie-houses like the one in the film, whose last picture show is that of Howard Hawks’ Red River.

Set in a bleak, lonely Texas town, The Last Picture Show is a portrait of the dying West, following the daily grind of aimless teenagers Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), Duane (Jeff Bridges) and Jacy (Cybil Shepherd).

Shot in evocative black and white and featuring a soundtrack led by Hank Williams, The Last Picture Show is one of the key films of the 1970s.


Peter Bogdanovich
United States
2 hours 6 minutes
Cybil Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms


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