The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show


Sam the Lion runs the pool-hall, the picture house and the all-night café. Coach Popper whips his boys with towels and once took a shot at one when he disturbed his hunting. Billy wouldn't know better than to sweep his broom all the way to the town limits if no one stopped him. And teenage friends Sonny and Duane have nothing better to do than drift towards the adult world, with its temptations of sex and confusions of love.

The basis for a classic film, The Last Picture Show is both extremely funny and deeply profound. And, with the eccentrically peopled Thalia, Texas, Larry McMurtry made a small town that feels as real as any you've ever walked around.

Famously filmed by Peter Bogdanovich in 1971 with Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd.

With a new introduction by Mary Karr.


  • 'An alchemist who converts the basest materials into gold'
    The New York Times Book Review

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Larry McMurtry

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