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Joe David Brown (novel)
Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 May 1973 (USA) See more »
These aren't everyday people and this is no ordinary movie. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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A "must-see" See more (129 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ryan O'Neal ... Moses Pray

Tatum O'Neal ... Addie Loggins

Madeline Kahn ... Trixie Delight

John Hillerman ... Deputy Hardin/Jess Hardin
P.J. Johnson ... Imogene
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Miss Ollie
James N. Harrell ... The Minister (as Jim Harrell)
Lila Waters ... The Minister's Wife

Noble Willingham ... Mr. Robertson
Bob Young ... Gas Station Attendant
Jack Saunders ... Station Master
Jody Wilbur ... Cafe Waitress
Liz Ross ... The Widow Morgan (Pearl)
Yvonne Harrison ... The Widow Bates (Marie)
Ed Reed ... The Lawman (Bates' Home)
Dorothy Price ... Ribbon Saleslady
Eleanor Bogart ... The Widow Stanley (Elvira)
Dorothy Forster ... The Widow Huff (Edna)
Lana Daniel ... Moze's Girlfriend
Herschel Morris ... The Barber
Dejah Moore ... Salesgirl ($20 bill)
Ralph Coder ... Store Manager
Harriet Ketchum ... Store Customer
Desmond Dhooge ... Cotton Candy Man
Kenneth Hughes ... Harem Tent Barker
George Lillie ... The Photographer
Burton Gilliam ... Floyd (Desk Clerk)
Floyd Mahaney ... Beau (Hardin's Deputy)
Gilbert Milton ... Leroy's Father

Randy Quaid ... Leroy
Tandy Arnold ... Leroy's Brother
Dennis Beden ... Leroy's Brother
Vernon Schwanke ... Leroy's Brother

Hugh Gillin ... 2nd Deputy
Art Ellison ... Silver Mine Gentleman
Rose-Mary Rumbley ... Aunt Billie (as Rosemary Rumbley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Benny ... Himself on Radio Show (archive sound) (uncredited)
Jeff Colyer ... Extra (uncredited)

Jim Jordan ... Fibber McGee (archive sound) (uncredited)

Marian Jordan ... Molly McGee (archive sound) (uncredited)

Don Wilson ... Himself on Jack Benny Radio Show (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich 
Writing credits
Joe David Brown (novel "Addie Pray")

Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Bogdanovich .... producer
Frank Marshall .... associate producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer (uncredited)
William Friedkin .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Verna Fields 
Casting by
Gary Chason 
Production Design by
Polly Platt 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Costume Design by
Polly Platt (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Dorothy Byrne .... hairdresser
Rolf Miller .... makeup
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ballew .... second assistant director
Gary Daigler .... assistant director trainee
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Art Department
George Lillie .... painter
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator
James H. Spencer .... set designer (as James Spencer)
Mark Wade .... assistant prop man
Tony Wade .... prop master
Sound Department
William C. Carruth .... assistant sound editor (as Bill Carruth)
Les Fresholtz .... mixer
Richard Portman .... re-recording
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Frank E. Warner .... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Norman Webster .... boom man
Visual Effects by
Jack Harmon .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
Bobby Byrne .... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Dick Colean .... assistant cameraman
George Hill .... key grip
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip
Lou Noto .... assistant cameraman (as Louis Noto)
Lawrence E. Peets .... best boy (as Larry Peets)
Paul Caven .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Kelly .... costumer
Sandra Stewart .... costumer
Editorial Department
Rick Fields .... post-production assistant (as Richard Fields)
William Neel .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Gil Casper .... driver: camera car
Clyde Harper .... transportation captain
Other crew
Selma Brown .... production secretary
Neil Canton .... production assistant
Rudi Fehr .... records from the collection of
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Richard Waltzer .... production assistant
Mae Woods .... assistant to the producer
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Jack Benny .... special thanks
The Blue Sky Boys .... special thanks
Hoagy Carmichael & His Orchestra .... special thanks (as Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra)
Bing Crosby .... special thanks
Ramona Darby .... special thanks
Jimmie Davis .... special thanks
Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra .... special thanks
Peggy Healy .... special thanks
Jack Hylton and His Orchestra .... special thanks
Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders .... special thanks
Jim Jordan .... special thanks
Marian Jordan .... special thanks
Frank Luther .... special thanks
Enric Madriguera and Orchestra .... special thanks (as Enric Madriguera and His Orchestra)
Nat Gonella and His Georgians .... special thanks
Ozzie Nelson and Orchestra .... special thanks (as Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra)
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra .... special thanks (as Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra)
Dick Powell .... special thanks
Leo Reisman and His Orchestra .... special thanks
Larry Stewart .... special thanks
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra .... special thanks (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
Victor Young and His Orchestra .... special thanks
Don Wilson .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | Germany:12 | Italy:T | Japan:PG12 (2017) | Netherlands:14 (1973) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:PG (PCA #23558) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Before her audition for the role of Imogene, P.J. Johnson walked right up to Peter Bogdanovich and said, "Ooo-WEE! You good-lookin'!" Impressed with her guts, Bogdanovich responded by saying, "You just got the part."See more »
Anachronisms: Fibber McGee's famous "closet gag", so anticipated by Addie while listening to the radio, didn't start until 1940.See more »
[first lines]
The Minister: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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in By Bogdanovich (2011)See more »
A Picture of Me Without YouSee more »


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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A "must-see", 13 January 2005
Author: CountessNatalya from United States

I saw Paper Moon many years ago as a young girl and had just recently watched this again for the first time since. I found this film to be absolutely engaging and a pleasure to watch. Tatum O'Neal was absolutely wonderful as was Madeline Kahn. Her performance was priceless as "Trixie Delight". The scene with her "Trixie" as she's trying to cojole Tatum O'Neal's "Addie" to come back to the car and sit in the back, had me laughing so hard that I could hardly breathe! It was one of the most memorable scenes ever. Not just for the humor but how Madeline Kahn's Trixie was able to draw a certain compassion for her character and somewhat seedy lifestyle. I loved the whole film! A "must-see"!

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