- Director: Peter Bogdanovich
- Writer: Larry McMurtry
- Producer: Stephen J. Friedman; Bert Schneider
With subtext everywhere, this remarkable film creates an arid and sweaty atmosphere from the beginning - it simply sizzles and sears throughout.
This is sexuality up close, in your face and uncomfortable.
Simply - the best teen movie ever made.
Watch, marvel and learn.
In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy.