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Paper Moon (Bilingual) [Import]

Ryan O'Neal , Tatum O'Neal , Peter Bogdanovich    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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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 Moon is 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 Moon has 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 to The Last Picture Show. --Bret Fetzer

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Adapted from the novel "Addie Pray" by Joe David Brown, PAPER MOON is set in the Midwest during the Great Depression, and follows the story of Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal), a happy-go-lucky con artist who travels through the Midwest on a mission to swindle money out of innocent widows. While attending a friend's funeral, Pray is called upon by two elderly ladies to deliver the daughter of the deceased, Addie (Tatum O'Neal), to her aunt in Missouri. Soon learning that the 9-year-old is almost as mischievous and manipulative as he is, Pray and Addie develop a father and daughter routine that increases their credibility as well as their income. Now, the devious duo set out on a series of misadventures involving crooked cops, bootleggers, grieving widows and a Carney dancer named Miss Trixie Delight (Kahn) who adds a little spice to their routine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, subtle, excellent and funny May 27 2004
What a great and fun movie! Tatum O'Neal steals the show here; she definitely deserved the Oscar for her great portrayal of the way-too street smart for her age orphan (maybe) Addie Pray (Loggins). Adults and kids can enjoy this together without much fear of the admittedly seedy subject matter -- con artistry, prostitution, racial exploitation, the corruption of youth, etc. You can't help but root for Addie all the while knowing that Moses will never be a good father, role model or successful "businessman."
The black and white cinematography recalls classic Margaret Bourke-White Depression-era photos as well as "The Grapes of Wrath," but without the need for Prozac or counseling. The soundtrack is comprised of Thirties pop radio standards that fit perfectly without calling too much attention to themselves.
Madeline Kahn is a scream as Miss Trixie Delight, John Hillerman excels in two roles: a sheriff and his brother, a local bootleggar, and P.J. Johnson is great as Trixie's maid, Imogene.
I loved it when I first saw it as a 12-year-old. I still love it now. So will you.
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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, travelling huckster & who always has a new con to turn up his sleeve such as door to door Bible selling to recently widowed women, bootlegging, short changing, and a "car swappin' wrasslin' match" between Moses and a very young Randy Quaid. Tatum plays Addie and garnered the coveted Oscar for her performance at the tender age of 10. Addie decides to get in on many of the cons and becomes quite a prolific short change artist. Addie decides on her own to take Moses' last name and travel with him under the guise as his daughter. In one of the best scenes in the movie they deal with whether or not Addie is Moses' illegitimate daughter. That scene is set in a diner while drinking NeHi's and eating Coney Islands. Addie is sure that Moses is, indeed, her father as she states, "We got the SAME jaw!" Moses responds and says, "I know a lady who has the jaw of a bullfrog but that doesn't mean that she's the damn things mother!" Addie asks Moses, "You meet my mamma in a barroom?" (implying that her mamma was a prostitute). Moses comes right back asking Addie, "You think that just because a man meets a woman in a barroom means that they get a baby?" Ryan and Tatum's bantering repartee is natural, hilarious and touching all at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An early '70s classic Feb. 5 2004
This is a very fine DVD of Peter Bogdanovich's early '70s film. The plot revolves around a con man (Ryan O'Neal) who unexpectedly has a young girl (an Oscar-winning Tatum O'Neal) come into his care. He starts out driving her across Kansas to her family, but the two become partners and travel throughout the Midwest making money.
Both O'Neals are excellent, but what really makes this movie is the way that Bogdanovich and his team used black and white cinematography and production design to make the setting (Depression era Kansas) believeable. The praries are wide, the streets are bare, and the actors playing small town Kansans are suitably taciturn. The bond between the two O'Neals is never sentimentalized, and while Tatum may not be a great actress, her directness works well for the part. There's also an outstanding supporting performance by Madeline Kahn as a dancer the two travelers encounter along the way. Kahn and Tatum have a beautiful little scene together on a hillside where they both acknowledge that the other is on the make. The DVD includes commentary by Bogdanovich and some interesting featurettes.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Charming to Dislike July 20 2003
By Grant P
With a subtle directorial hand, Peter Bogdanovich just let his thespians do their jobs here, and thus they carried the whole film into the amazingly charming entertainment that it is today. Are there any deep, philosophical messages to analyze here? Perhaps not, but it's certainly touching and the final scenes will have many viewers holding back tears because of the fact that ten-year-old Tatum O'Neal has successfully and seemingly effortlessly endeared herself to them. The pairing of Moses and Addie truly do make for one of cinema's most memorable love-hate relationships, and by the finale it's terrible for anyone to have to watch it come to an end. And could the Academy have been anymore flat-out right here by awarding Tatum O'Neal Best Supporting Actress? It's obviously one of the most audacious wins in the history of the Awards, and a deserved one at that.
Bogdanovich didn't mind simply placing his camera in one set location and just leaving it there because he had the fullest confidence that his cast would make the film compelling, but some stylization is evident here nonetheless. It's interesting to watch shots that withdraw from the action completely, framing its characters from a vast distance. And it truly seems as if this movie couldn't have been filmed in anything other than the stark black-and-white, which is iridescently brought to life anyway thanks to each and every performance.
Some aspects of the story do border on ridiculousness, of course - are we to believe that Moses and Addie simply had great luck in finding these amazingly gullible people? But it doesn't really matter in the long run anyway, because 'Paper Moon' will really make you smile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting...funny movie!
I had never seen this classic before and enjoyed it very much. Great performances by Ryan O'Neal, Madeleine Kahn, and others. Sassy performance by Tatum O'Neal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lesley F
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Bogdanovich's wonderful re-capturing of 1930s Hollywood comedies
This still works great 40 years later. Shot in gorgeous black and white, it’s a film full of smiles and laughs, a
lot of heart, but very little sticky sweetness. Read more
Published 15 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful classic movie
Put together two amazing actors (father and daughter), a good story, a director who knows that sometimes, less is more, and you have something very special. Read more
Published 18 months ago by the prissy pundit
3.0 out of 5 stars Le charme discret de la nostalgie
Paper Moon

Film américain très classique mettant en scène une orpheline et son présumé père qui l'entraîne sur le chemin de la... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2012 by CINEVORE
5.0 out of 5 stars How could anyone not love this movie?
Paper Moon is without a doubt Ryan O'Neal's best performance. His daughter Tatum absolutely STEALS the show. The Academy Award says it all. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by John Candy
5.0 out of 5 stars tatum oneal as addie
ive read a few people comment on how tatum isnt a great actress but you have to keep in mind that tatum oneal was very young in this movie. Read more
Published on March 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie!
I was 8 years old when Paper Moon was in movie theaters, I don't remember seeing it in a movie theater but I remember watching it on HBO when I was a teenager and thinking it was a... Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Thebookwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue moon
This is truly a work from the heart. A true family affair, as father and daughter work as a team to bring a real uplifting, and occasionally very sad, story of a man who needs a... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by J. M Quiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Depression era--but far from depressing
I discovered this funny gem a few years ago and haven't been able to stop watching it. The humor is subtle and hilarious, the acting superb. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by KadiDJ
4.0 out of 5 stars It Seems Like It Might Be A Timeless Film
I had seen this movie when I was a kid back in 1973. I remembered it as being good back then. I found the DVD for $9.99 and decided to give it a try. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004
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