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A wonderful recreation of time and place

by on 2/25/2002

Perfect, warm and heartfelt nothing will ever match this accident in film. Nothing on purpose can ever transcened the magic that Bogdonovich has achieved. The best movie that no one seems to know about. Five stars Baby, five stars......

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About the social and sexual mores of the residents of a small texas town. Special features: the last picture show: a look back 65-minute documentary: theatrical re-release featurette: subtitles: english, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, thai: production notes: interactive menus: talent files and more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40119158
UPC 043396504295
UPC 14 00043396504295
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2007
Rating Rating
Character Study
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Small Town Life
Small Towns
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary Set in a small Texas town in the early 1950s, this beautiful, understated film studies the lives, loves, dreams, and desperation of several townsfolk as they come to terms with imminent change. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, this critically acclaimed film is directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
USA Today "...[Filmed] in glorious black and white..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 04/05/1991 p.3D
Total Film "...The most mournful of all American youth pictures....It offers a peculiar pocket of time..." 08/01/2003 p.128
Premiere "[A] stark black-and-white drama about a fading small town in the 1950s....Perhaps director Peter Bogdanovich's finest hour." 12/01/2005 p.190
Peter Bogdanovich
Cybill Shepherd
Jeff Bridges
Cast & Crew
Cloris Leachman - Actor
Cybill Shepherd - Actor
Ellen Burstyn - Actor
Jeff Bridges - Actor
Ben Johnson - Actor
Timothy Bottoms - Actor
Larry McMurtry - Based on Novel By
Peter Bogdanovich - Director
Bert Schneider - Executive Producer
Stephen J. Freidman - Producer
Peter Bogdanovich - Screenplay
Larry McMurtry - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1971
Catalog ID 50429
UPC 00043396504295
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 126 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1972) Ben Johnson, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Cloris Leachman, Winner, Best Supporting Actress,Robert Surtees, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Peter Bogdanovich, Nominee, Best Director,Jeff Bridges, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Ellen Burstyn, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,James Lee Barrett, Peter Bogdanovich, Nominee, Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Golden Globe (1972) Ben Johnson, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Peter Bogdanovich, Nominee, Best Director,Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Cybill Shepherd, Nominee, Most Promising Newcomer - Female
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Brilliant study of life in small Texas town during 1950s, and how characters' lives intertwine, from Larry McMurtry's novel (he and Bogdanovich wrote the script). Oscars went to Johnson and Leachman for sensitive performances, but entire cast works at same level. Beautifully photographed in black & white by Robert Surtees.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review Bogdanovich is a very talented director... None of his films stand up to The Last Picture Show when it comes to dramatic flair and authenticity. In this...he captures the era so accurately that the viewer can feel the hopelessness of living in a dying Texas town that is destined to atrophy as the slow wave of modernism destroys what once was and will never be again... Bridges and Bottoms are the stars of the local high school football team... Bridges is aggressive and Bottoms is sensitive and the two complement each other as best friends (just as the black and white film complements the storytelling)... Many emotions are stirred in The Last Picture Show, emotions that have been forgotten in the wake of spacemen and the near-porno sex and patriotic blood lettings seen today. It's a little story, episodic, but it lives and breathes with more power than any Darth Vader or Rambo or Rocky. This movie is about humans, not ray guns or robots, and will continue to touch audiences whenever and wherever it is seen... The Last Picture Show could have been a tawdry, sleazy soap opera but [Bogdanovich] kept a tight rein on matters and presented it as a slice of life that has all but disappeared.
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Korean, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Leachman,Cloris
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Paul D. Zimmerman, Newsweek The Last Picture Show is a masterpiece.
The Motion Picture Guide None of [Bogdanovich's] films stand up to The Last Picture Show...

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