This poignant road comedy directed by Peter Bogdanovich co-stars Ryan O’Neal and daughter Tatum as an unlikely duo of con artists traveling through the Midwest during the Great Depression.
Foisted upon possible-father Moses Pray for transportation to a relative’s house, young Addie Loggins soon develops a talent for grifting that proves quite useful, and as they travel across Kansas and Missouri selling Bibles to unsuspecting widows their mutual animosity dissolves. Along the way they encounter many desperate characters of the Depression, most memorably gold-digging stripper Miss Trixie Delight (Madeline Khan).
Untrained as an actress, eight-year-old Tatum O’Neal auditioned for the film only at the urging of Bogdanovich and went on to win an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. She remains the youngest Oscar® recipient in Academy history.
The film is also noted for cinematographer László Kovács’s stunning deep-focus black-and-white imagery, for which he famously received technical advice from Orson Welles.
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