Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd came of age in Peter Bogdanovich's evocative adaptation of Larry McMurtry's tale of youthful frustration in small-town Texas. As the 1950s comes to an end, two teenage friends - Bridges and Timothy Bottoms - kick their heels, bicker about girls (namely, school tease Cybill Shepherd) and wait for adulthood to take them away from their dying hometown. A poignant, starkly beautiful and astonishingly early peak to Bogdanovich's career, with name-making performances from the three young leads and Oscar-winning support from Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman. Indelible and quite exceptional.
Seldom if ever was the atmosphere of desolation, decay and despair in a small American town that has had its day better caught than in Peter Bogdanovich's classic study of dust-blown Texas life in the 1950s.
Not much happens, but the characters' lives intertwine and develop, the screenplay by Larry McMurtry (author of the original novel) and Bogdanovich himself creating a field day for the ensemble cast.
From four acting nominations, Oscars were won by Ben Johnson (unforgettable as fading westerner Sam the Lion) and Cloris Leachman.