15 certificateThe Last Picture Show is a Film programme that first aired in 1971 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Last Picture Show is a 4 star programme

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The Last Picture Show (1971)

Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich

Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd star in Peter Bogdanovich's Oscar-winning classic drama portraying small-town life in 1950s Texas. The narrative tracks teenage friends Sonny Crawford and Duane Jackson over the course of a year, from November 1951, observing their relationships with various local characters, including Duane's girlfriend Jacy; Sonny's married lover Ruth; and Sam, the owner of Anarene's pool hall, cinema and diner, its sole leisure venues. As well as following the ups and downs of Anarene's citizens' lives, the film offers a snapshot of the USA at the dawn of the Korean War and the point at which TV undermined the dominance of the picture houses. Leachman and Johnson won Best Supporting Actress/Actor Oscars for their roles; Oscar-nominated were Jeff Bridges and Ellen Burstyn for supporting roles; Bogdanovich for director, and again, with Larry McMurtry, for their script; and Robert Surtees for his stark-but-stunning black and white cinematography.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 125 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1971

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Filmed in Black and White

When is The Last Picture Show next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 May 2nd, 1:20am and on Film4 Plus 1 May 2nd, 2:20am. See more...


Timothy Bottoms...Sonny Crawford
Image for Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges...Duane Jackson
Image for Cybill ShepherdCybill Shepherd...Jacy Farrow
Ben Johnson...Sam the Lion
Image for Cloris LeachmanCloris Leachman...Ruth Popper
Image for Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn...Lois Farrow
Eileen Brennan...Genevieve
Clu Gulager...Abilene
Sam Bottoms...Billy
Sharon Ullrick...Charlene Duggs
Image for Randy QuaidRandy Quaid...Lester Marlow
Joe Heathcock...The Sheriff
Bill Thurman...Coach Popper
Barc Doyle...Joe Bob Blanton
Jessie Lee Fulton...Miss Mosey