About

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny and Duane, live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating a local beauty, while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife. As graduation nears and both boys contemplate their futures. Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business. Each struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewher...

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Directed by

Peter Bogdanovich

Written by

Peter Bogdanovich (Screenplay)
Larry McMurtry (Screenplay)

Runtime

119 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Anarene, Texas, 1951. Nothing much has changed…

Cast

Keywords

based on novel or book small town texas 1950s new love high school graduation elopement graduation billiard hall graduation present

Photos

Lists

#95 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#306 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Edgar Wright's 1000 favorite movies Edgar Wright

Awards

Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Cloris Leachman

Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography Robert Surtees

Oscar nomination for Best Director Peter Bogdanovich