Paper Moon (1973)

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A bible salesman teams up with an orphan girl to form a money-making con team in Depression-era Kansas.


  • Ryan O'Neal
  • Tatum O'Neal
  • Madeline Kahn
  • John Hillerman
  • P.J. Johnson
  • Jessie Lee Fulton
  • James N. Harrell
  • Lila Waters
  • Noble Willingham
  • Bob Young

Did You Know?


  • Orson Welles, a close friend of director Peter Bogdanovich, did some uncredited consulting on the cinematography. It was Welles who suggested shooting black and white photography through a red filter, thus adding higher contrast to the images.
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  • When Addie sets up Trixie for cheating on Mose at the hotel, Addie leaves Trixie's room 235 and returns to her room. The room number on Addie's door is also 235.
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    • Addie Loggins: I want my two hundred dollars.
    • Moses Pray: I don't have your two hundred dollars no more and you know it.
    • Addie Loggins: If you don't give me my two hundred dollars I'm gonna tell a policeman how you got it and he'll make you give it to me because it's mine.
    • Moses Pray: But I don't have it!
    • Addie Loggins: Then get it!
    • [walks over after Moses slams his fist on the table]
    • Cafe Waitress: How we doin', Angel Pie? We gonna have a little dessert when we finish up our hot dog?
    • Addie Loggins: I don't know.
    • Cafe Waitress: What do you say, Daddy? Why don't we give Precious a little dessert if she eats her dog?
    • Moses Pray: Her name ain't Precious.
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Tatum O’Neal creates a character out of thin air, makes us watch her every moment and literally makes the movie work.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times