The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich • 1971 • United States
Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepherd

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movie screen, this aching portrait of a dying West, adapted from Larry McMurtry’s novel, focuses on the daily shuffles of three futureless teens—the enigmatic Sonny (Timothy Bottoms), the wayward jock Duane (Jeff Bridges), and the desperate-to-be-adored rich girl Jacy (Cybil Shepherd)—and the aging lost souls who bump up against them in the night like drifting tumbleweeds, including Cloris Leachman’s lonely housewife and Ben Johnson’s grizzled movie-house proprietor. Featuring evocative black-and-white imagery and profoundly felt performances, this hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich.

The Last Picture Show
  • The Last Picture Show

    Directed by Peter Bogdanovich • 1971 • United States
    Starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybil Shepherd

    THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is one of the key films of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies. Set during the early fifties, in the loneliest Texas nowheresville to ever dust up a movi...

Extras

  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Commentary 1

    This commentary, recorded exclusively for the Criterion Collection in 1991, features director Peter Bogdanovich and actors Cybill Shepherd, Randy Quaid, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall.

  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Commentary 2

    Recorded in 2009, this audio commentary features director Peter Bogdanovich.

  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW: A Look Back

    This hour-long 1999 documentary by Laurent Bouzereau features interviews with director Peter Bogdanovich, actors Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, and Frank Marshall, and author Larry McMurtry.

  • A Discussion with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich

    This 2009 Q&A between Peter Bogdanovich and documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau looks at Bogdanovich's favorite directors and inspirations, his rise from writer to director, and the experience of making THE LAST PICTURE SHOW.

  • Picture This

    In this award-winning documentary directed by George Hickenlooper, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW’s director and cast return to the town of Archer City to film the 1990 sequel, TEXASVILLE. Featuring interviews with director Peter Bogdanovich; actors Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, and Jeff Bridges; writ...

  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Screen Tests

    Presented here are 16 mm screen tests of actors featured in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, including Jessie Lee Fulton (Miss Mosey), Gary Brockette (Bobby Sheen), and Helena Humann (Jimmie Sue), among others.

  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Location Footage

    THE LAST PICTURE SHOW was based on author Larry McMurtry's recollections of his hometown of Archer City, Texas. After scouting other areas in Texas, director Peter Bogdanovich discovered that Archer City was, in fact, the perfect location for the film. Before production began, Bogdanovich shot so...

  • Truffaut on the New Hollywood

    The following excerpt from the French television program “Vive le cinéma” shows filmmaker François Truffaut talking about the New Hollywood and its maverick directors, including THE LAST PICTURE SHOW director Peter Bogdanovich. The episode first aired on February 13, 1972, and was directed by And...

  • THE LAST PICTURE SHOW Rerelease Trailer