Paper Moon

1973, Comedy, 1h 42m

43 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Expertly balancing tones, Paper Moon is a deft blend of film nostalgia and finely tuned performances -- especially from Tatum O'Neal, who won an Oscar for her debut. Read critic reviews

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Real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal team up as slick con-artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins in 1930s Kansas. When "Moze" is unexpectedly saddled with getting the 9-year-old Addie to relatives in Missouri after the death of her mother, his attempt to dupe her out of her money backfires, and he's forced to take her on as a partner. Swindling their way through farm country, the pair is nearly done in by a burlesque dancer (Madeline Kahn) and an angry bootlegger.

Cast & Crew

Ryan O'Neal
Moses Pray
Tatum O'Neal
Addie Loggins
Madeline Kahn
Trixie Delight
John Hillerman
Deputy Hardin, Jess Hardin
Jim Harrell
The Minister
Lila Waters
The Minister's Wife
Noble Willingham
Mr. Robertson
Bob Young
Gas Station Attendant
Jack Saunders
Station Master
Jody Wilbur
Cafe Waitress
Liz Ross
The Widow Morgan
Yvonne Harrison
The Widow Bates
Frank Marshall
Associate Producer
László Kovács
Cinematography
Verna Fields
Film Editing
Polly Platt
Production Design
John P. Austin
Set Decoration
Polly Platt
Costume Design
Dorothy Byrne
Hair Stylist
Rolf Miller
Makeup Artist
Jerry Ballew
Second Assistant Director
Ray Gosnell Jr.
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Paper Moon

Audience Reviews for Paper Moon

  • Aug 11, 2018
    Tatum O'Neal delivers an Oscar quality performance, stealing every scene she's in, in Peter Bogdanavich's nostalgic evocation of Prohibition-era Depression days. A pair of wily con artists move through middle American farm country, a Laurel and Hardy duo trying to fleece to yokels at every stop. "Times might've been hard," Bogdanavich seems to imply, "but at least we were together." The best road trips are never over with. Ryan is good in this as well.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2018
    The period details are fantastic, but what's really impressive is how through a few clever camera angles and close-ups Bogdanovich is able to get you entirely invested in Tatum O'Neal's character.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Getting the much-deserved Blu Ray treatment, Peter Bogdanovich's 1930s throwback and kiss to the Golden Age of H'Wood deserves even more acclaim in the wake of The Artist's "Best Picture" win in 2012. The director's deep-seated appreciation for classic American cinema shines throughout, perhaps even more so than with his '30s screwball love letter What's Up Doc. In real life, former film critic Bogdanovich befriended and interviewed every lionized director from George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story) to Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby) to Leo McCarey (Duck Soup). And God, does it show. From Lazslo Kovacs' ace black and white cinematography to set designer Polly Platt's period detail to the choice of soundtrack (everything from The Jack Benny Program to the vintage tune "Paper Moon" fills your ears), the film feels as rooted in the Dust Bowl era as John Steinbeck. But then, it dares to channel 1970s sensibilities like foul language and talk of women's problems. In this PG-rated Great Depression-set dramedy, a con man (Ryan O'Neal) finds himself saddled with a young girl (Tatum O'Neal) who may or may not be his daughter and the two forge an unlikely partnership. Tatum O'Neal won the Oscar for this at-times both heartless AND heartfelt romp, but Paper Moon truly is Bogdanovich's show, staking a phenomenal follow-up to The Last Picture Show. Bottom line: Moonstruck
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2012
    A really good film with some exceptional performances from real-life father and daughter team, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. Really entertaining.
    Jared H Super Reviewer

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