A coming of age ensemble piece set in a desolate Texas town and the breakthrough effort from New Hollywood auteur Peter Bogdanovich. High school senior Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) begins an affair with the middle-aged Ruth Popper (Cloris Leachman), his best friend Duane’s (Jeff Bridges) romance to Jacy (Cybil Shepard) sours as Jacy yearns for more than Anarene, Texas has to offer. A showcase for an older generation of actors – John Ford regular Ben Johnson won his sole Oscar in the supporting category – and an the introduction to the next generation of talent (including Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Cybil Shepard, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaid, and Timothy Bottoms), The Last Picture Show is the definitive BBS Production.
It’s plain and uncondescending in its re-creation of what it means to be a high-school athlete, of what a country dance hall is like, of the necking in cars and movie houses, and of the desolation that follows high-school graduation.New Yorker
A sublime study of sexually charged ennui in a dying town in 1950s Texas.The Times
|Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd