• United States
  • 1971
  • 126 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #549

The Last Picture Show is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens—the enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), the wayward jock Duane (Jeff Bridges), and the desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybil Shepherd)—and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds, including Cloris Leachman’s lonely housewife and Ben Johnson’s grizzled movie-house proprietor. Featuring evocative black-and-white imagery and profoundly felt performances, this hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich.

Cast

Sonny Crawford Timothy Bottoms
Duane JacksonJeff Bridges
Jacy FarrowCybil Shepherd
Sam the LionBen Johnson
Ruth PopperCloris Leachman
Lois FarrowEllen Burstyn
GenevieveEileen Brennan
AbileneClu Gulager
BillySam Bottoms
Lester Marlow Randy Quaid
Charlene DuggsSharon Taggart

Credits

DirectorPeter Bogdanovich
ScreenplayLarry McMurtry and Peter Bogdanovich
Executive producerBert Schneider
ProducerStephen J. Friedman
DesignPolly Platt
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Associate producerHarold Schneider
EditingDon Cambern
Art directorWalter Scott Herndon

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Peter Bogdanovich’s director’s cut, supervised by Bogdanovich, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall; the other from 2009, featuring Bogdanovich
  • “The Last Picture Show”: A Look Back, (1999) and Picture This (1990), documentaries about the making of the film
  • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, a 2009 Q&A
  • Screen tests and location footage
  • Excerpts from a 1972 television interview with director François Truffaut about the New Hollywood
  • Theatrical trailers

Film Essays

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Video


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