The Last Picture Show
Director: Peter Bogdanovich Run Time: 146 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1966
Starring: Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Bridges, Randy Quaid, Timothy Bottoms
Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show, is the feature debut of Cybill Sheperd, includes the songs of Hank Williams, and is one of the best movies in the 1970s. Based on Larry McMurtry’s semi-autobiographical novel and set in the early 1950s, Sonny Crawford is coming of age in the desolate town of Anarene, Texas. Sonny’s closest friends are his high school buddy Duane Jackson and his surrogate father Sam the Lion, whose tough-minded integrity stands in contrast to everyone around him. Eager to experiment with sex, Sony begins an affair with his coach’s wife. However, his understanding of the world is thrown into question when Sam the Lion suddenly dies, and his relationship with the coach’s wife proves emotionally complicated.