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A classic seventies film about the thirties

by on 8/20/2003

This movie is wonderful to watch and to admire the performances of every actor and actress. Tatum O'Neal is just perfect in her role and a natural talent. Ryan O'Neal was born for his part of a con man. Also, look for a fantastic dual role by actor John Hillerman of Magnum P.I. You can't go wrong with this film. I was so glad to hear it was finally out on dvd.

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Moses pray is driving through depression-era kansas with a carload of deluxe bibles, a gold tooth behind a convincing smile, and a list of newly widowed prospects for his line. Addie is a cigarette-smoking, nine-year-old orphan who hooks up with moses and manages to show the master con man a trick or two


Studio Paramount
SKU 40224019
UPC 097360846546
UPC 14 00097360846546
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The romantic films of the 1930s and '40s influenced director Peter Bogdanovich (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, MASK) in PAPER MOON, a masterpiece influenced by the filmmaking of those periods --a classic comedy drama that resembles the films of John Ford or Sam Wood.| |Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal) is a happy-go-lucky con man traveling throughout the Midwest during the Great Depression, conning widows into buying Bibles. Stopping in a small town for a friend's funeral, he is persuaded to deliver the deceased's precocious 10-year-old daughter, Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, Ryan's real-life daughter), to her aunt's home. The resemblance between Moses and Addie--who never knew her father--is uncanny, and the two are soon acting like father and daughter as they travel the back roads of heartland America. Despite his initial misgivings, Moses is delighted to find that Addie is a boon to business, catching on |quickly and adding her own twists to his favorite cons. Madeline Kahn stars as |Trixie Delight, a ladyfriend Moses meets along the way--a situation that brings out|Addie's possessive side. Bogdanovich convincingly recreates the feel and look of the 1930s with his nostalgic look at life on the open road. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay; both Kahn and the 11-year-old O'Neal were nominated for Best Supporting Actress, which O'Neal won.
Plot Summary
Summary A con man and his precocious daughter (Ryan and Tatum O'Neal) grift their way across the heartland of depression-era America in this nostalgic look at the 1930s Midwest. The two try desperately to scrounge up enough money to live on, and are willing to employ any means necessary, and their father/daughter relationship becomes a business partnership as the pair find they truly need each other for survival. Madeline Kahn also stars in this film from Peter Bogdanovich.
Entertainment Weekly "...The O'Neals' beguiling father-daughter act...plays out against stunning dust-bowl tableaux..." -- Rating: B 06/30/1995 p.109
Peter Bogdanovich
Ryan O'Neal
Madeline Kahn
Tatum O'Neal
Cast & Crew
Jessie Lee Fulton - Actor
John Hillerman - Actor
Madeline Kahn - Actor
P.J. Johnson - Actor
Ryan O'Neal - Actor
Tatum O'Neal - Actor
Joe David Brown - Based On Novel By
Laszlo Kovacs - Cinematographer
Peter Bogdanovich - Director
Verna Fields - Editor
Peter Bogdanovich - Producer
Alvin Sargent - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
Catalog ID 084654
UPC 00097360846546
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Oscar (1974) Tatum O'Neal, Winner, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Madeline Kahn, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Alvin Sargent, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, French, Mono Audio, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor O'neal,Ryan
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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