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Paper Moon 1973 film review

Paper Moon 1973 film review

Paper Moon (1973, United States)

Running time
102 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7 / 10

The background of this story is the peak years of the economic crisis in the 1930s. The main character of the film, Moses, is a petty criminal and fraudster, usually using the Bible to extract money from his victims. Accidentally he arrives at the funeral of former friend, where he is asked to drop off the young girl to her aunt. During the ride the girl helps him in fraud and will not go away until she will get her part of the loot. After initial reluctance Moses notes that girl can be useful in his frauds and takes her with him. Moses may even be the girl’s father, at least she thinks so. Their adventures, frauds, ups and downs are the subjects of this film.

It’s a very warm and touching movie, Tatum O’Neal was fantastic in a role for which she got an Oscar. The film is in black and white, which further emphasizes the atmosphere of 1930s. Great direction by Peter Bogdanovich in his typical style.

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Creators of Paper Moon

Peter Bogdanovich films

Peter Bogdanovich


Alvin Sargent films

Alvin Sargent


Cast of Paper Moon

Ryan ONeal films

Ryan ONeal

as Moses Pray

Tatum ONeal films

Tatum ONeal

as Addie Loggins

Madeline Kahn films

Madeline Kahn

as Trixie Delight

John Hillerman films

John Hillerman

as Jess Hardin

P.J. Johnson films

P.J. Johnson

as Imogene

Jessie Fulton films

Jessie Fulton

as Miss Ollie

James N. Harrell films

James N. Harrell

as Minister

Randy Quaid films

Randy Quaid

as Leroy

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