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Paper Moon is an American motion picture comedy that was released in 1973 and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

The screenplay was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, and the film was shot in black-and-white.

The film is set during the Great Depression in the U.S. state of Kansas and it starred the real life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, as on-screen father and daughter Moses and Addie.

In September 1974, a television series called Paper Moon, based on the film, premiered on the ABC television network. The television version of Paper Moon starred Jodie Foster as Addie and Christopher Connelly (who had played Ryan O'Neal's brother in the TV series Peyton Place) as Moses Pray. However, it was not a ratings success and it went off the air a few months after it debuted, in January 1975.

A sweet and subtle gem of a movie. Newly orphaned Addie (Tatum O'Neal) falls into the care of small-time con artist Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's real-life father) and turns out to be better at grifting than he is. Set in Depression-era Kansas,Paper Moonis a miracle of unity. The set design and cinematography combine to give both the flavor of documentary photos and the visual quality of movies from the period, and every performance meshes with the overall tone of sincerity, earnest optimism, and creeping desperation. The rapport between Addie and Moses is phenomenal--and being father and daughter doesn't make that a sure thing. Ryan O'Neal gives a truly great performance (perhaps the only one of his career) and Tatum won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (she's the youngest winner in history). Madeline Kahn was also nominated for her wonderfully funny and sad turn as an exotic dancer named Trixie Delight.Paper Moonhas a miraculous combination of outrageous sentimentality and pragmatic cynicism; the result is genuinely touching. One of director Peter Bogdanovich's best films, and kind of a comic companion piece toThe Last Picture Show.--Bret Fetzer

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CastRandy Quaid, Tatum O'Neal, James Harrell, Liz Ross, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Ryan O'Neal, Art Ellison, Burton Gilliam, John Hillerman, P.J. Johnson, Ed Reed, Jack Saunders, Lila Water, Jody Wilbur, Noble Willingham, Bob Young, Desmond Dhooge, Jessie Lee Fulton, Hugh Gillin, Yvonne Harrison
DirectorPeter Bogdanovich
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  May 9, 1973
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  August 12, 2003
Runtime:  1hr 45min
Studio:  Paramount Pictures
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review by . December 22, 2009
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Pros: Story, acting (particularly the little O'Neal), camerawork and theme      Cons: Honestly nothing of note      The Bottom Line: In a small bit of hyperbole, it is a film so broadly, maturely funny, I don't think I'd want to have dinner with you if found little to laugh at.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Literary history defines two kinds of fools: the wit fool and …
review by . May 28, 2009
Adapted from the matchless novel "Addie Pray" by Joe David Brown, Paper Moon is set in the Midwest/dustbowl during the Great Depression/Roosevelt era.     One-of-a-kind directing by Peter Bogdanovich, beautiful black & white cinematography, a great musical score with snippets of old time radio shows like Fibber McGee & Molly, Jack Benny and a host of others.      Real-life father & daughter duo, Ryan & Tatum O'Neil team up in this gem of a …
review by . April 28, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Adapted from the matchless novel "Addie Pray" by Joe David Brown, Paper Moon is set in the Midwest/dustbowl during the Great Depression/Roosevelt era. One-of-a-kind directing by Peter Bogdanovich, beautiful black & white cinematography, a great musical score with snippets of old time radio shows like Fibber McGee & Molly, Jack Benny and a host of others.Real-life father & daughter duo, Ryan & Tatum O'Neil team up in this gem of a movie. Ryan plays Moses Pray. A slick, sliver-tongued, gold toothed, …
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