Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed...
The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Timothy Bottoms Jeff Bridges Cybill Shepherd Ben Johnson Cloris Leachman Ellen Burstyn Eileen Brennan Clu Gulager Sam Bottoms Sharon Ullrick Randy Quaid Bill Thurman Jessie Lee Fulton Helena Humann Barc Doyle Gary Brockette John Hillerman Joe Heathcock Kimberly Hyde Noble Willingham Janice O'Malley Grover Lewis
I'm going to save some time and space here and just say that The Last Picture Show might be the greatest coming-of-age movie I've ever seen. I cannot come up with a single aspect about it I could find fault in, and the amount of content it packs into its two hour run-time is incredible. Heartbreaking, hilarious, moody, moving, Bogdanovich and McMurtry capture that small town feel, and (like Stand By Me or even A Christmas Story) manage to authentically and honestly date the film in a way that nostalgia for a time and place I've never experienced was overwhelming. There's a good deal of humor to go along with the almost physical growing pains Timothy Bottoms goes through. While…
Y'see? You shouldn't have come here. I'm around that corner now. You've ruined it and it's lost completely. Just your needing me won't make it come back.
Growing up sucks. You lose all your carefree spirit, you get more and more responsibilities, and your life just changes completely that makes you feel uncomfortable. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could've stayed 16 and carefree for the rest of our days? Not a worry in the world? No bills, no kids, no commitments? It's all just a hassle, am I right?
Auteur Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show beautifully personifies this stage of life, with a deteriorating 1950's small town as its backdrop. Like the characters, the town itself is…
I needed this film right now, I relate to almost everything that happens because for the most part it didn't feel like I was watching a film it felt more like I was watching back on my life and that is incredible there is not that many films that makes you do it.
Damn Jeff Bridges was a handsome man!
Peter Bogdanovich's 'The Last Picture Show' serves as a time capsule for the '50s in a way that none of the censor-influenced films of the decade truly could. 'TLPS' is sexual and emotionally raw and a far cry from the eternal optimism of Hollywood. Instead we witness the death of a small Texas town that never really appeared to be living in any real sense anyway.
A young cast perfectly display the frustration of growing up in a town which culture has bypassed almost entirely - the closing of the town's cinema marking the end of its connection with the rest of the world. Without any real entertainment, sex is used as a game, which inevitably fractures relationships between friends…
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"One thing I know for sure. A person can't sneeze in this town without somebody offering them a handkerchief."
The Last Picture Show essentially feels like any other 70's coming-of-age drama. It has that tender balance between the tame films from before New Hollywood and the ostensibly more realistic and raw films from the 90's and onwards. It is paced slowly but surely, as it flows between a handful of different characters who live their lives in the last dying breath of a small Texas town. All of them try but none of them seem to succeed in finding that one thing that drives both young and old: love. As they hastily force sex…
This is a film I've always had some sort of a connection with in spirit. Even though I'm not one to speak from the generation to which it presents, there's a specific pleasantness to which Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show creates that has always enamoured me from the first moment I saw it. The Last Picture Show is a film that is drenched in nostalgia, but of a time and a paradise where we saw everything was easier for our own selves. The Last Picture Show's title alone hints at a sort of resentment to what the world around it has become and how its people have found such a comfort. Life without films, life without glory, The Last…
i absolutely hated this movie. Targets was one of the stupidest things i've ever seen but this one surpasses it in sheer annoyance. Bogdanovich strikes me as the most obvious of directors and it pains me to sit though his films (though i guess he gets kudos for "discovering" Madeline Kahn and Liam Dunn).
'Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that's what's ridiculous. Gettin' old.
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"There won't be much to do in town with the picture show closed."
The Last Picture Show is a coming-of-age film that bravely explores the rough intimacy, harsh truths, and latent desperateness of this period of life rather than the buoyancy of youthful rebellion and nostalgic bliss. It's the antithesis of the John Hughes "classic" that is so readily associated with the genre. What "rebellion" there is is executed with the upmost awkwardness and discomfort, creating a strikingly realistic and nuanced approach altogether. The Last Picture Show is an elegiac send-off to the "good 'ole days", looking back with longing; if it's nostalgic at all, it is in an achingly bitter and sorrowful way.…
The new frontier is always with the youth. A small dusty, town is drenched in the southern drawl of Hank Williams and promiscuous teens. These are the teens that are about to enter one of the times in American culture that will evolve as rapidly as any of the previous generations. The tale of aimless youth in search for sex, sex, and most importantly, sex. It's a vintage coming of age tale that shows off the heavy influence on later post high school tales of THE GRADUATE and BIG WEDNESDAY.
The old picture house in this town shows nothing but old westerns until it finally closed its doors. Nobody cared about westerns anymore. And THE LAST PICTURE SHOW reminded us that nobody cared about the wild west either. America had been tamed. The wild, wild, west needed to grow up. It was time to see the black and white images of Bogdanovich's classic get a little more colorful.
In a small dying town in Texas a handful of teenagers are coming of age in The Last Picture. The entire towns entertainment includes a pool hall, a theater and a cafe. As a result, the teenagers in the town resort to sex, and drinking like any other town. The main character Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) is having an affair with a woman about twice his age (Cloris Leachman). The sexy wealthy girl in town (Cybil Shepard) is wanting everybody, and the drama ensues. Keeping the town together is the owner of the entertainment joints Sam the Lion (Ben Johnson). The Last Picture is a bleak coming of age story because of the small dying town, and paints an interesting light on what is sure an accurate portrayal of many small towns of this size. The Last Picture Show has excellent performances and the sex and nudity shown in the film is quite shocking for a film of its time.
Youthful folly. When the consequences for blowing your savings is the passage of time, a poorly thought-out gift for a friend threatens the end one relationship only to open the door to its deepening, and anger comes as easily as forgiveness and forgetfulness. All sums up to an argument against getting married straight out of high school. Wait 'til your frontal lobes are finished developing before tying the knot, kids.
The best film of 1971. Hands down. So glad I finally watched.
Magical, mesmerizing, and nostalgic for a time I never knew but makes me understand perfectly.
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