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 ONeal), a happy-go-lucky con artist who travels through the Midwest on a mission to swindle money out of innocent widows. While attending a friends funeral, Pray is called upon by two elderly ladies to deliver the daughter of the deceased, Addie (Tatum ONeal), 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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Lesley F
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
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 morePublished on March 9 2013 by the prissy pundit
Film américain très classique mettant en scène une orpheline et son présumé père qui l'entraîne sur le chemin de la... Read more
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 morePublished on May 17 2004 by John Candy