The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show quotes

47 total quotes (ID: 866)

Duane Jackson
Jacy Farrow
Ruth Popper
Sam the Lion
Sonny Crawford

[to Sonny, about Duane enlisting in the army] Good place for him, too...That boy's always had meanness in him, 'cause Jacy's just the kinda girl that brings out the meanness in a man. She's just like her grandmother. I oughtn't to talk about 'em anyhow. We was all good friends once. Dan roughnecked with Gene Farrow. He and Lois - they used to live in this little one room place over the newspaper office. Lois couldn't afford a flour-sack, much less a mink. I've always had a soft spot for her, though. Yeah, I wondered a lotta times, you know, what would've happened if my Dan had made the strikes that Gene made. They offered that rig to him first, yep, but then Morgan never took a chance in his life.

[to Duane and Sonny, as they are leaving for a weekend in Mexico] You'd better take some for some insurance. Take money below that border - it sorta melts sometimes...And try not to drink too much of that buggy water...You catch the clap - you'll wish you hadn't drunk nothin'. Oh well, we'll see ya.

Sam: Now you see - this is what I get for bettin' on my own hometown ball team - oughta have better sense.
Abilene: Wouldn't hurt to have a better home town.

[to Sonny, about Jacy] Listen, if you hear they busted up, let me know.

Sonny: How come you've stayed with the Coach - you don't like him much?
Ruth: I wasn't brought up to leave a husband. I guess that's why. Or maybe I was just scared to. I never noticed how ugly this room is. What's your favorite color?
Sonny: I don't know - blue.
Ruth: Maybe I'll re-paper it.
Sonny: Why'd you marry him?
Ruth: I don't know. My mother didn't like him. Maybe that was it. When I was 20 years old, I thought hairy-chested football coaches were about it. I'm gonna buy us a new quilt - a blue one.
Sonny: What do ya think he'd do if he found us?
Ruth: Shoot us, probably. He's always glad to have an excuse to use his deer rifle.

Sonny: I guess you'll be glad when basketball season is over.
Ruth: Why?
Sonny: Well, Coach probably don't get to stay home much during football and basketball season.
Ruth: My God. You don't know a thing about it, do you?

Sonny: [about Jacy] Sure, I been goin' with her, why not?
Duane: I never said I blamed you for it. I don't blame you much. I just never thought you'd do me that way. I thought we was still best friends.
Sonny: We are. What's you so mad for? I never done nothin' to you.
Duane: I guess screwin' my girl ain't nothin' to you.
Sonny: I ain't screwin' her.
Duane: The hell you ain't.
Sonny: Well, I ain't. But she's not your girl anymore, anyway.
Duane: She is my girl. I don't care if we did break up.

Sonny: Coulda been worse...
Sam: Yeah. You can say that about nearly everything, I guess.

We ain't done nothin' wrong. Ain't we got a right to get married? How can you arrest us, just like that?

Ruth: [after sex] I'm sorry I cried. I was just so scared, I guess...I was scared I could never do this, I guess. I can't seem to do anything without crying about it - how could you like me?
Sonny: Oh, I like you.
Ruth: I'm glad. [He kisses her]

Jacy: Oh, he's just awful, Momma. Why do you fool with him? Daddy's a nicer man than him, isn't he?
Lois: He sure is, beautiful. Your Daddy's a very nice man. I oughta been givin' Abilene hell, instead of him.
Jacy: I don't know what I'm gonna do. Bobby was the last one - I'm just gonna be an old maid.
Lois: Oh no, honey, that's just the way it goes sometimes, you know. You win a few, you lose a few.
Jacy: What do you do? Nothin's ever the way it's supposed to be at all.
Lois: You're right, come on. I wanna tell you somethin'. What I've done has not worked out too well. I think maybe we better think of somethin' else for you.

One thing I know for sure - a person can't sneeze in this town without somebody offerin' him a's an awful small town for any kinda carryin' on...And some people got a lotta guns.

Lois: I'd just hate to see you marry him, that's all. You wouldn't be rich anymore, and in about two months...
Jacy: I don't care about money...
Lois: ...he'd quit flattering you.
Jacy: Not at all.
Lois: Well, you're pretty stupid then.
Jacy: Well, you married Daddy when he was poor. And he got rich, didn't he?
Lois: I scared your Daddy into gettin' rich, beautiful.
Jacy: Well, if Daddy could do it, Duane could too.
Lois: Not married to you. You're not scary enough.
Jacy: Well, you're rich and you're miserable. I sure don't want to be like you.
Lois: Not much danger of that.

Lois: You won't believe this, Sonny, but you're lucky we got you clear of her quick as we did. You'd have been a lot better off staying with Ruth Popper.
Sonny: Does everybody know about that?
Lois: 'Course. Sounds like a good deal to me, kiddo. You shouldn't let Jacy turn your head.
Sonny: Well, she's prettier. I guess I shouldn't have, though. I guess I treated her terrible.
Lois: Guess you did.

Miss Mosey: Nobody wants to come to shows no more. Kids got baseball in the summer, television all the time. If Sam had lived, I believe we could've kept it goin'. But I just didn't have the know-how.
Duane: Won't be much to do in town with the picture show closed.
Sonny: Yeah.