IMDb Top 250: #214 Paper Moon

Paper Moon (1973)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Writers: Joe David Brown (novel), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
Stars: Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

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Paper Moon is based on the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown. A movie with four Oscar nominations. A movie about relationships between people and the way they develop.

Paper Moon has it all. It’s also up there with The Grapes of Wrath when it comes to showing the despair of the Depression. The film is not only an echo of a certain time period, but it also offers insight into how a desperate man acts and thinks and says. This alone helps the movie stand the test of time.

Human nature is one of the things that rarely evolve. We are the same as we used to be some seventy-five thousand years ago. And this is the thing that makes this movie feel relevant, interesting, intriguing even.

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