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The Last Picture Show


Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson View All


Peter Bogdanovich (Director), Larry McMurtry (Screenplay), Peter Bogdanovich (Screenplay) View All

Released: Jan. 1st, 1971
Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes
The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
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mark f
Both establishments are run by Sam the Lion (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Ben Johnson) who serves as a Father Figure to the friends, as well as their mute friend Billy (Sam Bottoms).
Citizen Rules
Instead of character development or a strong story, the movie relies on shocking (for 1971) full frontal nudity scenes that are spliced into the movie for no other reason than to cover Bogdanovich's weak script.
Another deep root for the story is provided by the music chosen to play on radios, television and record players throughout, sometimes illustrating subtext and at other times providing ironic contrast to the emotional reality of the characters.