‘The Last Picture Show’ to get 40th anniversary re-release

Controversial teen movie will return to UK screens in April

A restored version of The Last Picture Show is returning to UK cinemas to mark its 40th anniversary.

The new digital version of a director’s cut of the US classic from Peter Bognadovich will hit selected theatres on April 15.

Based on writer Larry McMurty‘s acclaimed novel, the 1971 film stars Jeff Bridges and Timothy Bottoms and marked the cinematic debut of Cybill Shepherd.

Focussing on life in small-town Texas in the 1950s, the film focuses on the social and sexual mores of the time, following the coming-of-age of two high school football stars.

The Last Picture Show caused controversy at the time for its notorious swimming pool scene in which characters were shown skinny-dipping at an indoor pool party. The adult content led it to be banned in certain states on its release.