Last Picture Show
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The Last Picture Show

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Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Cast: Peter Bogdanovich, Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

     
 

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Peter Bogdanovich's groundbreaking tale of the small-town rites of passage and bittersweet homage to the Hollywood days of yore arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to the folks at Columbia/TriStar Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers

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Peter Bogdanovich's groundbreaking tale of the small-town rites of passage and bittersweet homage to the Hollywood days of yore arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to the folks at Columbia/TriStar Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio and featuring a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles. Extra features include a making-of documentary entitled "The Last Picture Show: A Look Back," talent files, scene selections, interactive menus, production notes and theatrical trailers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Peter Bogdanovich's meditative masterpiece The Last Picture Show remains a visually gripping experience, just as it was in 1971 when it was greeted with critical acclaim and eight Academy Award nominations. Based on a novel by Larry McMurtry (adapted for the screen by Bogdanovich and McMurtry), it brilliantly captures the rhythms of life in an isolated, windblown West Texas town during the early 1950s. The coming-of-age story follows a group of local teenagers and adults as they search for meaning and adventure in their sleepy little village. The sublime ensemble cast features Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn, and Cybill Shepherd in her film debut. Ben Johnson, as the town's aging patriarch, and Cloris Leachman, as a lonely housewife, turn in superb Oscar-winning supporting performances. Bogdanovich pays homage to Hollywood's golden age with stunning black-and-white cinematography that recalls the work of classic directors such as John Ford. (It also earned cinematographer Robert Surtees the 10th of his eventual 15 Academy Award nominations.) Mournful in tone, The Last Picture Show is a sustained mood piece, a subtle fugue that marries rich character studies with an unforgettable sense of time and place.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Of the new wave of young American directors who emerged in the early 1970s, Peter Bogdanovich displayed the strongest affinity for the Old Masters of Hollywood's Golden Era, particularly Howard Hawks and John Ford, and The Last Picture Show drew more consciously and effectively from their styles than any other film of its day. With its sharply defined black-and-white framing and simple, straightforward camera setups, The Last Picture Show resembles a classic Hawks or Ford picture; but, while those directors used their techniques to tell sweeping tales of the American frontier, Bogdanovich instead examined a tiny Texas town crumbling into dust in the early 1950s. In The Last Picture Show, the cowboys, Indians, and settlers of Stagecoach or Red River have been replaced by wealthy but ineffectual oilmen with bored wives, and high school kids looking for excitement or a future in a town that offers neither. The sole strong adult role model, Sam the Lion (Ben Johnson, a member of Ford's stock company), is a scruffy misfit showing his age and losing his health; if he's the town's last tie to the strong and noble men of the Old West, he's also decaying as fast as the town itself. Anarene has been reduced to a dusty little Peyton Place, where everyone knows everyone else's sordid little secrets and sexual peccadilloes; when Sam the Lion dies, the town loses its last pillar of dignity, with the later closing of the town's only movie house (where Red River is the last feature) serving as the most obvious symbol of its slow, inexorable decline. The strongest people are the ones who can leave, while those who stay behind follow a circle of heartbreak and romantic betrayals. "You can't believe how this town has changed," Sam says at one point to Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms), always the boy who needed his guidance the most, and Johnson gives those words a rueful weight that makes it one of the most telling moments of this sad, sometimes funny, and deeply moving film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
UPC:
0043396504295
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
8,437

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Bottoms Sonny Crawford
Jeff Bridges Duane Jackson
Cybill Shepherd Jacy Farrow
Ben Johnson Sam The Lion
Cloris Leachman Ruth Popper
Ellen Burstyn Lois Farrow
Randy Quaid Lester Marlow
John Hillerman Teacher
Barclay Doyle Joe Bob Blanton
Joye Hash Mrs. Jackson
Charlie Seybert Andy Fanner
Kimberly Hyde Annie-Annie Martin
Noble Willingham Chester
Gordon Hurst Monroe
Frank Marshall Tommy Logan
Tom Martin Larry
Antonia Bogdanovich Singer (uncredited)
Eileen Brennan Genevieve
Clu Gulager Abilene
Sharon Taggart Charlene Duggs
Joe Heathcock The Sheriff
Bill Thurman Coach Popper
Jessie Lee Fulton Miss Mosey
Gary Brockette Bobby Sheen
Helena Humann Jimmie Sue
Loyd Catlett Leroy
Robert Glenn Gene Farrow
Samuel Bottoms Billy

Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director,Screenwriter
Ross Brown Casting
Donn Cambern Editor
Vince Cresciman Production Designer
Stephen Friedman Producer
Walter Scott Herndon Art Director
Nancy McArdle Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry McMurtry Screenwriter
Polly Platt Production Designer
Robert Rubin Asst. Director
Harold Schneider Associate Producer
Bert Schneider Executive Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:06]
2. Sam the Lion [5:34]
3. The Royal [8:58]
4. Coach Popper [1:56]
5. Rig-Wam Drive Inn [1:16]
6. Jacy & Mama [3:29]
7. Mrs. Popper [5:14]
8. Lester & Jacy [1:33]
9. Christmas dance [2:28]
10. Teasing Duane [2:51]
11. Seducing Sonny [2:03]
12. Midnight swim party [3:18]
13. Jimmie Sue [4:47]
14. Praise of older women [10:01]
15. Fishing tank [4:10]
16. "You a virgin?" [5:20]
17. "Sam died" [1:33]
18. The funeral [2:09]
19. Cactus Motel [3:31]
20. Graduation day [11:21]
21. Rescuing Molly [1:17]
22. Jacy & Sonny [4:10]
23. Duane returns [6:33]
24. What Jacy wants [1:15]
25. In Oklahoma [10:29]
26. Red River [5:23]
27. Billy [4:41]
28. With Ruth [8:33]

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The Last Picture Show 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being the one who's researching on Larry McMurtry,i cannot miss this black and white flick of his!As a research scholar i enjoyed the novel as much as the movie.One can relate to oneself the events happening in Sonny Crawford and Duane.The coming of age theme of the movie is close to reality and is well accepted by the audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is right up there with "Casablanca", a classic that you need to see at some time. I really enjoy it, but know people who hate it and most kids seem to find it boring. It's worth it just to see Cybill Sheppard and Jeff Bridges in their first movie, and Timothy Bottoms when he actually bothered to act. The choice of black-and-white is searingly effective. Cool extra point -- the film (and the sequel, "Texasville") was shot in the actual locale (Archer City, TX) for which the book was written, so if you're north of Dallas sometime, drive-around the "set" and visit the places seen in the movie, eat curly fries at the Dairy Queen, and possibly meet the author, Larry McMurty, at his bookstores.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I'm missing something here. Maybe I expected a 'sensitive, stark documentary masterpiece' about small-town life in the early 1950's. At least that's what the other reviews say it is. Maybe that's what it could have been. Maybe that's what I wish it WOULD have been. But such is not the case. This film should rightfully have been called 'Countless Preludes to Sex'. Certainly the script writers had an easy job on this one, as the flim contains so little actual dialogue - it's quite difficult, I understand, for an actor to speak lines while having his lips pressed against those of another actor. And that's what constitutes the bulk of this film. One is lucky to get even five minutes of other footage between shots of characters dressing and undressing. Characters fondling and petting. Characters necking and cooing. Characters in the bed, on the sofa, in the back seat, in the front seat, on the pool table. It matters not where, anyplace seems to be fair game for a round of tonsil hockey. It gets old. It gets old fast. I'm just thankful I didn't plunk down ticket money for this 30 years ago, because I'd have walked out and demanded a refund. Two stars - one for the cinematography, and one for the sound track. And that's it, folks. If you want a film full of small-town angst and pettiness, don't bother with this - just get it's older, wiser brother, Peyton Place.
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