The Last Picture Show

I watched The Last Picture Show. It was made in 1971, but it is set in 1951. I had watched it because Stephen King mentions the movie alot in his book Lisey’s Story. It reminds me a little bit of Stand by Me which is based on Stephen King’s short story The Body. This movie has Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, and Sam Bottoms in it.

Big Warning: there are some sad parts.

In this movie, two guys named Sonny and Duane are best friends. They live in Anarene, Texas which is a small dying town. Sonny and his girlfriend break up and starts an affair with his football coach’s wife. (They had broken up because she was asking too much of him. I’m glad they broke up.) Duane has a pretty girlfriend, but they later break up because her mother wants her to find a rich boyfriend. She ends up getting addicted to sex and has sex with her mother’s boyfriend. Sam the Lion owns a pool hall and the movie theater in the small town. He has a heart attack while Sonny and Duane’s ex girlfriend is away getting married.( I thought he gets killed by a gang, but I was wrong. I’m glad I was wrong.) Sam leaves Sonny the pool hall and an old woman the movie theater. (I think he should have left Sonny the movie theater.) Sam leaves Billy his money. In the end, Duane goes to war. Billy gets killed by a truck and Sonny runs back to the football coach’s wife.

I didn’t like the end, but it was an ok movie. I found out there is a sequel called Texasville so I will watching it next week.

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