The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich (1971)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Beautifully adapted by director Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry (from the latter's novel), this is a masterclass in how to create fully rounded characters and then give them real lives to lead. While the nostalgic elements of this memoir of small-town Texas in the 1950s are lovingly realised (a miraculous blend of John Ford and Howard Hawks), it's the re-creation of that long-lost sense of community, in which everyone knew and respected one another, that makes this such a rewarding experience. Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd excel, but it's the playing of Timothy Bottoms, Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman that gives the film its authenticity.


Three teenagers living in an economically struggling town in the backwoods of Texas face an uncertain future. When a tragedy strikes the community, they are forced to choose between making the best of their lives at home or seeking their fortune elsewhere. Peter Bogdanovich's drama, starring Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson.

Cast & Crew

Sonny Crawford Timothy Bottoms
Duane Jackson Jeff Bridges
Jacy Farrow Cybill Shepherd
Sam the Lion Ben Johnson (1)
Ruth Popper Cloris Leachman
Lois Farrow Ellen Burstyn
Genevieve Eileen Brennan
Abilene Clu Gulager
Billy Sam Bottoms
Charlene Duggs Sharon Taggart
Lester Marlow Randy Quaid
Sheriff Joe Heathcock
Coach Popper Bill Thurman
Joe Bob Blanton Barc Doyle
Director Peter Bogdanovich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video and DVD