Adapted from the novel, "Addie Pray" (1971) by Joe David Brown, PAPER MOON is the story of Moses Pray and Addie Loggins. With scenery reminiscent of "The Grapes of Wrath," the film is set in the depression-era Midwestern region of the United States. As the movie opens, we see a small group of mourners clustered at a graveside. Among the mourners is Addie, the dead woman's small daughter. Moses Pray -- ostensibly of the "Kansas Bible Company" -- approaches the group, as the service concludes, and two of the elderly women remark that the child bears some resemblance to him and asks if he might be related. "If ever a child needed kin, it's now," one lady says. With no knowledge of who her father is, Addie's only haven is her Aunt's home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Having identified himself as a "traveling man spreading the Lord's gospel in these troubled times," "Mose" is prevailed upon to deliver the helpless child to her Aunt since he's going that way, anyway. Addie, wise beyond her years... Written by
MARK FLEETWOOD <firstname.lastname@example.org>
These aren't everyday people and this is no ordinary movie.
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Did You Know?
In the picnic scene, Madeline Kahn
initially refused to say the line "Let Miss Trixie sit up front with her big tits," objecting to the vulgarity. Director Peter Bogdanovich
convinced her to say the line for only one take. This take appears in the final film. Kahn's odd reaction of embarrassment after saying the line is genuine. See more
When the hotel clerk is writing the note to accompany the box of candy he's sending to Trixie's room, the sheet of stationery he uses has white tape over 2 areas - one just above and another just below the word "Hotel" at the top - that blocks off some type of text. See more
Judge me, oh Lord, for I have lost in mine integrity. I have trusted also in the Lord, therefore I shall not slide. Examine me, oh Lord, and prove me. Try my reins and my heart, for Thy loving kindness is before mine eyes, and I have walked in Thy truth.
Special thanks to the people in and around Hays, Kansas and St. Joseph, Missouri See more
Referenced in The Truman Show
The Object of My Affection
Written by Pinky Tomlin
, Coy Poe
and Jimmy Grier
Performed by Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra
Vocal by Pinky Tomlin See more