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Paper Moon Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical travelling 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 9, 1973

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Les Fresholtz Best Sound 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Portman Best Sound 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Madeline Kahn Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Madeline Kahn Best Supporting Actress 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Bogdanovich Best Director 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tatum O'Neal New Star of the Year - Female 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tatum O'Neal Best Supporting Actress 1973 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tatum O'Neal Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ryan O'Neal Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alvin Sargent Best Adapted Screenplay 1973 Nominee

Cast

Ryan O'Neal
as Moses Pray
Tatum O'Neal
as Addie Loggins
Madeline Kahn
as Trixie Delight
John Hillerman
as Sheriff Hardin
Randy Quaid
as Leroy
James Harrell
as Minister
Liz Ross
as Pearl the Widow Morgan
Hugh Gillin
as 2nd Deputy
Burton Gilliam
as Floyd, the Desk Clerk
Noble Willingham
as Mr. Robertson
Yvonne Harrison
as Marie the Widow Bates
Jody Wilbur
as Cafe Waitress
Desmond Dhooge
as Cotton Candy Man
Art Ellison
as Silver Mine Gentleman
Jack Saunders
as Station Master
Ed Reed
as Lawman
Kenneth Mars

Crew

Peter Bogdanovich
Director
Peter Bogdanovich
Producer
Frank Marshall
Producer
Alvin Sargent
Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
Verna Fields
Editor
Polly Platt
Production Designer
James Spencer
Set Designer
John P. Austin
Set Designer
Richard Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Harmon
Special Effects
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
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