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The Last Picture Show (1971) Movie Information

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Jeff Bridges
Timothy Bottoms
Cybill Shepherd
Ben Johnson
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A coming of age story about a men and women in a small Texas town during the 1950s.

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Snoogans 07/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Humanized characters help paint a near-perfect representation of a small town filled with people stuck in a dead end life. It holds up well today, thanks to the great cast and the overall authenticity of the film.

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mitchellyoung 11/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is an expansive film that occasionally drags. When it's good, however, it's very good. The young cast (composed mostly of actors who would later go on to much critical acclaim) is superb and portrays this ensemble coming of age story with realism and conviction. The black and white cinematography only adds to the bleak setting.

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sapien 03/08/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Despite all of the bizarre sex scenes, it had a good plot overall. And, there was something genuine about this movie that I can't really put my finger on. Bur, it's definitely there.

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woody 02/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I got the opportunity to meet Larry McMurtry at his "city of books" in Archer City, Texas--the small West Texas town he based Anarene, the setting of this movie, on. I asked him why he had been pretty lucky with movies based on his books, compared to some authors. He didn't have much of an explanation, but agreed that some of the movies turned out well--Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment. The Last Picture Show turned out the best, in my opinion. The cast is uniformly excellent, but Peter Bogdavovich's direction is just right. And the choice to use black and white film was brilliant. A true classic book and movie. For more on McMurtry's ups and downs in the movie biz, read his interesting book Film Flam.

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02/18/2013 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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One of the popular and highly acclaimed films of the era about discovery. Had too much sex/kissing scenes and nudity that often diminishes the picture's plot, pace and length. Sonny Crawford (Bottoms) and Duane Jackson (Bridges) are friends. Jacy Farrow (Shepherd) gets disappointed with Duane and gets involved with Sonny. Topics on sexuality, gossip, friendship and death. Acting from everybody were sensational and screenplay well written. Unfortunately, the impact and enticing factor wasn't present, for this critics taste in dramas anyways. Soundtrack and certain background characters were fair but nothing special. Well renowned director's such as Peter Bogdonavich and Terry Gilliam just doesn't do it for this critic. David Lynch and David Cronenbergs pictures are more satisfying...

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