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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. 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 Awards, 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.
%%* ComingOfAgeStory
%%* CoolOldGuy: Sam the Lion.
* DownerEnding
--> "Never you mind, honey... never you mind."
%%* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* 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.