Columbia Pictures released The Last Picture Show to theaters on October 22, 1971. Peter Bogdanovich directed the film which starred Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, and Cybill Shepherd.
‘The Last Picture Show’ Movie Summary
The Last Picture Show, based on Larry McMurtry’s best-selling novel, is about life in the dying town of Anarene, TX circa 1951 comes to the big screen. The story follows three graduating seniors from the local high school; Sonny, innocent and trustworthy, big man on campus, Duanem and Duane’s girlfriend, Jacy.
Sonny and Duane try to understand what life holds for them once they graduate. Duane has unrealistic dreams while Sonny has a more pessimistic view of life. Duane’s only focus is escaping the small town’s monotony…and getting Jacy to go all the way with him in his broken down pickup. However, Duane bores Jacy. Anarene bores her. Her uneventful life bores her. So, she sets her sights on more promising prospects over in Wichita Falls.
Billy, the town’s retard, is friends with Sonny. Sam the Lion, the town’s soulful patriarch and owner of the pool hall, diner and movie house, takes care of Billy. Sam advises Sonny, but has very little hope for his future. Sonny breaks up with his undesirable girlfriend at the same time Duane and Jacy try unsuccessfully figure out how to lose their virginity. Everyone in town hears about that!
Sonny stumbles awkwardly into a romantic relationship with the basketball coach’s middle-aged and emotionally-needy wife, Ruth. After graduation, Duane and Jacy grow further apart. Sonny and Ruth become more dependent on each other. Jacy’s unfaithful, but doting mother tries guiding Jacy to bigger and better opportunities outside Anarene. At the same time, Duane sees wedding bells with Jacy.Read full summary
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