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Paper Moon

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Paper Moon Poster

Released

1973

Runtime

102

Paper Moon

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What's it About

Moses Pray (father Ryan), a small-time grifter, gets saddled with pint-sized partner Addie (daughter Tatum), whose tender years and ‘cupie doll’ appearance belie the fact that she's twice the con-artist Moses is. The film follows this odd couple's mad-cap adventures across Depression-era America.

Why we love it

This one is Bogdanovich's masterpiece of hilarity, the comic flip-side to his brilliant "The Last Picture Show," which was made two years prior. This time around, thanks to Alvin Sargent's Oscar-nominated screenplay, continual laughter accompanies the director's dusty rendering of 1930's America. We are convulsed as, time and again, child prodigy Addie proves herself a superior hustler to the hapless Moses. Madeline Kahn is priceless as Trixie Delight, a floozy dumb enough to try to come between this unlikely pair. Fun fact: Tatum became the youngest player ever to win an Oscar with this role.

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