Paper Moon Movie Review 1973

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Award-winning story set in depression-era Kansas with Ryan O'Neal as a Bible-wielding con who meets up with a nine-year-old orphan. During their travels together, he discovers that the orphan (his daughter, Tatum) is better at "his" game than he is. Irresistible chemistry between the O'Neals, leading to Tatum's Oscar win (she is the youngest actor ever to take home a statue). Cinematically picturesque and cynical enough to keep overt sentimentalism at bay. Based on Joe David Brown's novel, "Addie Pray." The director's version contains a prologue by director Bogdanovich.


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Available on VHS
Running time 102 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Scams, Stings & Cons, Adoption & Orphans, Great Depression, Road Trip
Alvin Sargent
Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, Randy Quaid
Peter Bogdanovich
Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1973: Support. Actress (O'Neal); Writers Guild 1973: Adapt. Screenplay.

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