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3,086 Ratings

The Last Picture Show

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
United States, 1971


A key film part of the American cinema renaissance of the seventies, it follows the three drifter teens and the aging lost souls who bump into them. A portrait of the dying West set during the early fifties, in a lonely part of Texas.

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The Last Picture Show Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | 2 wins including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1972 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1972 | 3 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

BAFTA Awards

1973 | 3 wins including: Best Screenplay

1973 | 3 nominations including: Best Direction

Critics reviews

Through the detailed, formal but never stodgy, and incredibly lived-in excellence of Bogdanovich’s direction (and production designer Polly Platt) we are immediately transported right into this world that, at the time, was 20 year ago, but we don’t feel simple nostalgia about it (though we wished these places still existed. I do anyway). As beautifully shot and as intriguing as this town is, it also appears hard and unforgiving.
January 12, 2017
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To watch the The Last Picture Show is to step inside it. Once you’re over the threshold, its heavy truths continue to disconcert long after the credits. Best cancel your post-screening plans and build in some recovery time, especially if you’ve aged any since you last saw it. Few movies are more poisonously enveloping; the only antidote I know is to cue up Hank Williams and lie on the floor.
September 06, 2012
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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is a beautiful evocation not only of old times, but also of the possibility—whether great or small—time once held.
September 30, 2011
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