Genre Guesstimation – The Last Picture Show (1971)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by Justine of Justine’s Movie Blog and she chose Coming of Age Films as the Genre for February.  If you want to still submit a movie, the deadline is 22 Feb. Just send it to me at COA@movierob.net

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Coming of Age movies…

The-Last-Picture-Show“If she was here I’d probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about 5 minutes. Ain’t that ridiculous?… Naw, it ain’t really. ‘Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that’s what’s ridiculous. Gettin’ old. ” – Sam

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Feb 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Coming of age story of 2 friends growing up in rural Texas in the early 1950’s

My Take on it – It’s very intrresting that most people remember this movie more for its erotic scenes than for its very interesting and engaging story.

I had been meaning to see this for years, but just never got around to it and I must say it was worth the wait.

This movie moves pretty slowly, but we get the opportunity to meet interesting and complex characters and learn about their lives over the period of a year or so.

I loved the contrast between the older and younger characters and how it perfectly depicted how the young want to grow up fast and how the old yearn for their own youthful years to return.

The cast is great with young future stars Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges (best supporting actor oscar nom) and Cybil Shepard showing why they are do talented.

The older cast is also excellent with Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn all getting Oscar nominations for their roles. Leachmsn and Johnson both took home supporting Oscars for their stellar work

Bottom Line – Slow, but very good story that says so much about how youth want to get older and how older people reminisce about their vibrant youthful days. Great script that is portrayed expertly by its cast. Bottoms, Bridges and Shepard made names for themselves here. Johnson, Leachman and Burstyn are great in supporting roles that earned each of them an Oscar nomination with Johnson and Leachman taking home supporting actor gold for this movie. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter Bogdanovich’s introduction to this story was through actor Sal Mineo who had given him the novel to read by then little-known Texas writer Larry McMurtry. Mineo had longed to play a part in the film adaptation but felt he was by then a little too old for any of the principal roles.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely. Great movie, but I cant really say that this is something im gonna want to see again in the near future.

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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