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When Larry McMurtry wrote the sequel novel "Texasville" in the late 1980's, it took place thirty years later...and when screen rights were secured and the film production began and Bogdanovich was again asked to recreate the magic wrought almost two decades prior, he had at his disposal the same actors who shone so well two decades prior...who had aged sufficiently enough to be able to pick up precisely and absolutely believably where their characters had left off at the end of the first book/movie.
Expecting this sequel to be as important or ground-breaking as "The Last Picture Show" is not realistic...indeed "Texasville" seems far more influenced by MTV than John Ford, but considering the timeframe during which it is set, this is exactly as it should be. The joy of "Texasville" is not the "American Gothic" gloom prevalent throughout "The Last Picture Show"; there are some aspects of the movie that, although true to the novel, are pure schtick. Rather, the joy is in watching the characters whose youthful potential (or lack thereof) was only suggested in the first film in their present state, having weathered innumerable storms and not necessarily having come out the better for the wear.Read more ›
Archer City, Texas is revisited nearly 20 years later. Returning is Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepard, Cloris Leachman, Eileen Brennan, Randy Quaid, Barc Doyle as "Joe Bob Blanton", Loyd Catlett as "Leroy" and Gordon Hurst who was "Sheriff Burns" now plays "Monroe".
Peter Bogdanovich is the director again and given some writing credit again. Larry McMurtry who wrote the novels is given writing credit as well. Ross Brown got to cast again.
The old downtown of Archer City, Texas is seen again and the old movie house now in disrepair.
Some people thought this storyline for a part 2 was a disappointment, but if you think about it, the town has grown and people have changed. It could have been more dramatic though. It was fun to see the original cast together again. I'm glad most of them agreed to return.
After this film, the old Royal movie house was rebuilt to be fully used again.
The late Sal Mineo is given thanks for giving Director Peter Bogdanovich a copy of the novel "The Last Picture Show" which Bogdanovich turned into a movie for 1971.
I think the movie is funny, yet sad, in showing the reality of so many lives; where people, situations and relationships are complicated and messy. Annie Potts said it best to me at the premier..."This movie is a reflection of true life, where there is no real ending..life just goes on!"
I would suggest watching "The Last Picture Show" before "Texasville", so you will understand the history of the characters, and be able to keep up with the characters easier. Also, the book 'Texasville' is hysterical to read! By reading the book, you will also understand the characters and movie better. The screenplay is true to the book, but sadly much had to be left out.
Unfortunately, many funny scenes ended up on the cutting room floor! I WISH SOMEONE WOULD ALLOW PETER TO RELEASE THE DIRECTOR'S CUT OF "TEXASVILLE", as Peter shot several hours of wonderful film, but was limited to release only 2 hrs. THE LONGER, DIRECTOR'S CUT (which was on cable), EXPLAINS MUCH MORE .. (such as Benny, Cybill's dead child, which my younger son, Christopher, 6 yrs. old at the time, "played" in photos).
Also........regarding J Eric Miller's review below, on Aug. 12, 2004.........HE NEEDS TO GET HIS ACTORS STRAIGHT!! He refers to my son, Jimmy Howell, who was 10 YRS OLD AT THE TIME.......as "....Read more ›
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