Paper Moon

  • PG
  • Peter Bogdanovich (1973)
  • US
  • 98 min
Paper Moon
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The wandering star of Peter Bogdanovich's directorial talent brilliantly lights up this cynical charmer of a story - set during the Depression - about a Bible-toting conman (Ryan O'Neal) forming a bizarre partnership with a brattish nine-year-old (real-life daughter Tatum O'Neal) who may or may not be his child. Laszlo Kovacs's outstanding monochromatic photography lends an affectionate sheen to their journey through the Kansas dust bowl in which the girl gradually becomes mother to the man. With this, Targets, and The Last Picture Show, Bogdanovich looked set to be one of Hollywood's finest but, sadly, he hasn't quite managed to repeat the excellence of these three movies.

Plot Summary

Period comedy drama starring Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal. While paying his respects at the funeral of an old girlfriend, conman Moses Pray is persuaded to escort her precocious nine-year-old daughter Addie to relatives in Missouri.

Cast and crew


Moses Pray
Ryan O'Neal
Addie Loggins
Tatum O'Neal
Trixie Delight
Madeline Kahn
Sheriff Hardin / Jess Hardin
John Hillerman
P J Johnson
Floyd, desk clerk
Gilliam Burton
Randy Quaid
Miss Ollie
Jessie Lee Fulton
James N Harrell
Minister's wife
Lila Water
Mr Robertson
Noble Willingham


Peter Bogdanovich

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
C.I.C. (UK)
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)