The Last Picture Show

Last Picture Show
Drama

1971

Director: Peter Bogdanovich Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Sharon Ullrick, Randy Quaid, Joe Heathcock, Bill Thurman, Barc Doyle, Jessie Lee Fulton, Frank Marshall

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ben Johnson); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cloris Leachman)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ellen Burstyn); Best Director (Peter Bogdanovich); Best Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry & Peter Bogdanovich); Best Cinematography

I First Saw In: 2016

Synopsis: A group of 1950s high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both economically and culturally.

Did You Know? Ben Johnson’s is the shortest performance to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Quotables: DUANE: I’ll see you in a year or two if I don’t get shot.

And now a Word from the Guise:
A humble film about a tiny town that falls into disrepair as the world passes it by. It’s very well-written, and the ensemble is great. All four of the supporting cast who received acting nominations were especially great, and each deserved their nominations. But I think that Timothy Bottoms should have received a nod for Best Actor as well. He really shines in this film. However, it was only his second film ever, released just a few months after his first; so I’m sure that contributed to his shutout. Indeed, the 5 actors that did receive nominations that year were very renowned actors.

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