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''The Last Picture Show'' is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry [=McMurtry=].

Set in a small town in north Texas between November 1951 and October 1952, it is about the coming of age of Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and his friend Duane Jackson (Creator/JeffBridges). The cast includes Cybill Shepherd in her film debut, Ben Johnson, Eileen Brennan, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Clu Gulager, Randy Quaid in his film debut and John Hillerman. [[DeliberatelyMonochrome For aesthetic and technical reasons it was shot in black and white]], which was unusual for its time.

The film was nominated for eight {{Academy Award}}s, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four nominations for acting: Ben Johnson and Jeff Bridges for Best Supporting Actor, and Ellen Burstyn and Cloris Leachman for Best Supporting Actress. It won two: Johnson and Leachman.
!!This film provides examples of:

* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Sonny often shows his affection towards Billy by taking his cap off and putting it back on.
* BookEnds: The film closes with a reverse of the pan shot seen in the opening.
* CelebrityParadox: A poster for the film ''Film/WagonMaster'', which starred Ben Johnson, is seen at the theatre.
%%* ComingOfAgeStory
%%* CoolOldGuy: Sam the Lion.
* DownerEnding
--> "Never you mind, honey... never you mind."
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Upon selecting the town of Archer City, Texas, as a filming location, production designer Polly Platt and Bogdanovich decided that the town should have a bleak, colorless look about it. After considering several options, such as painting all the buildings gray, Platt and Bogdanovich consulted close friend Creator/OrsonWelles about the viability of shooting the film in black and white. Welles simply said, "Of COURSE you'll shoot it in black and white!"
* DyingTown: Anarene, Texas; changed from Thalia, Texas in the novel.
%%* TheFifties
%%* TheFilmOfTheBook
* FourthDateMarriage: Almost the case with Jacy and Sonny. Seemed to be the right thing to do in TheFifties.
* GlassEye: [[spoiler:Sonny ends up with one after Duane hits him with a beer bottle in a fight]]
%%* IWasQuiteALooker: Lois Farrow.
* TheLastTitle: The title.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: On a snooker table.
%%* MrsRobinson: Sonny and Ruth Popper.
* NewOldWest: Though the film doesn't deal with a lot of the classic themes and plot elements of TheWestern, it was clearly influenced by the films of Creator/HowardHawks and Creator/JohnFord.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ruth gives one of these to Sonny at the end.
* {{Sequel}}: ''Texasville'', [=McMurtry=]'s sequel to the original novel, was itself adapted for the screen by Bogdanovich in 1990. Bridges, Shepherd, Leachman, Bottoms, Quaid, and Brennan all reprised their roles.
%%* SexIsLiberation: Heavily {{deconstructed}}.
* ShoutOut: The two main characters watch ''Film/RedRiver'' during the titular "last picture show" at the town's soon-to-be-closing cinema.
%%* SmallTownBoredom: One of the themes.
* VideoCredits: All main characters are shown with face and name in the closing credits.
* TheVoiceless: Billy never says a word throughout the film.