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2,274 Ratings

Paper Moon

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
United States, 1973
Comedy, Crime, Drama


A bible salesman finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership as a money-making con team in Depression-era Kansas.

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Paper Moon Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1974 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1974 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1973 | 2 wins including: Silver Seashell

National Board of Review

1973 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Writers Guild of America

1974 | Winner: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

With the O’Neals, Bogdanovich trusts their own real life bumping up against the written word. And they know it too. And they and Bogdanovich know that the future is a mystery. Taking the time to look at their faces and wonder what else they’re thinking, or what is down the road or around a corner adds an extra visually potent unknowability about what will happen to these two.
February 01, 2017
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Shooting in high-contrast black-and-white (and frequently in Wellesian deep focus), Kovacs creates vivid images that make the past seem startlingly, palpably alive. Bogdanovich’s direction is another feat of hyperrealism: the film features numerous long takes that contain both lots of dialogue and complicated blocking, these sequences all the more impressive given that one of the leads was only eight years old when the movie was made.
April 01, 2016

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