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Paper Moon

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Peter Bogdanovich

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Plot Summary

The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical traveling Bible salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's dad), who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team — which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn). Later, while attempting to square a $200 debt that Addie claims he owes her, Moses runs afoul of of a bootlegger (John Hillerman) and is nearly beaten to death by the criminal's twin-brother sheriff. Painfully pulling himself together, Moses gets Addie to her relatives, whereupon she adamantly refuses to leave his side. Photographed in black-and-white by Laszlo Kovacs, the film was made largely on location in Kansas and Missouri (an experience colorfully recalled by director Peter Bogdanovich in his 1972 book of essays Pieces of Time). 9-year-old Tatum O'Neal won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, beating out costar Kahn. Paper Moon later became a short-lived TV series, starring Ryan O'Neal lookalike Christopher Connelly and future Oscar winner Jodie Foster.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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91%
  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Tatum O'Neal makes a sensational screen debut. – Variety Staff, Variety, Aug 17, 2010

Fresh: I wonder how many moviegoers will be prepared for the astonishing confidence and depth that Tatum brings to what's really the starring role. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug 17, 2010

Fresh: The images (by Laszlo Kovacs) have a lovely dusty openness -- a realistic view of the Midwestern flatlands fading into a romantic memory. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Aug 17, 2010

Fresh: It's everything a road picture is supposed to be, a life-changing personal journey, a quest, a bit old-fashioned and a hoot. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Aug 17, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Love, Love, Love this Movie!

Tatum O'Neal is extraordinary and it's fun to see her working with her dad. This movie is one of my all time favorites. When will it be available to BUY??? I've been searching for it on iTunes for many months and now that's it's available I'm wondering why I can't purchase it. Please add it to the purchase list!

Paper moon

I'm still waiting to buy this movie. What's the hold up? It's been a year now... Please let us buy it now.

DUDE!

What iTunes needs to get is What's Up Doc?! That movie is with Ryan n Madeline again so y not?

Paper Moon
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1973

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