Paper Moon

Genre: Drama; Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal; Director: Peter Bogdanovich; Release Date Wide: 05/09/1973; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: PG

Thanks to a new wide-screen transfer, the O’Neals’ (Ryan and Tatum) beguiling father-daughter act now plays out against stunning dust-bowl tableaux instead of cropped landscapes. The resultant sweep of the Depression-era visuals goes a long way toward compensating for O’Neal senior’s hopelessly flat line readings. But a feel for certain historical details seems to have completely eluded director-producer Peter Bogdanovich in his bonus introductory remarks: He recalls his early-’70s glory days without once mentioning any of the collaborators who helped make Paper Moon so moodily effective. B+

Originally posted June 30 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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