Preying on the idea-lie that someone would love you enough to buy a bible with your name imprinted inside is a nicely cynical reminder of this little girl’s own thinking about life. The amount of dialogue, the comic timing, the way the disagreements flow from “But they’re poorly! Roosevelt” to complicated directions on a map, is so expertly handled by Tatum and Ryan, that you’re left a little breathless by it all. And that makes these deceptively light moments extra poignant.
No, everything may not turn out OK with her Aunt (who seems like a real nice person in their brief moment they share at the end of the picture), this liar is surely my dad but we’ll never say so, this “Miss Trixie Delight” he picks up (a hilarious and, in a lovely, honest moment with Addie, touching, Madeline Kahn) is an operator. Also adding emotional complexity is the gorgeous, effective deep focus black and white cinematography by László Kovács – it isn’t handled in some self consciously old-timey manner.
The movie shows Toni Mannix and George Reeves having dinner with her husband Eddie and an asian mistress.
Strangely enough, according to friends these double dates did happen. One friend recalled being at the Mannix Beverly Hills home when George strolled in the backdoor.
Striding on stage in her little man’s tuxedo with bow tie and short hair (GODDDESS), she not only deserved that gold statue but she gave a fantastically brief, no-bullshit speech that adults should learn from: “All I really want to thank is my director, Peter Bogdanovich, and my father.
Thank you.” (adapted by screenwriter Alvin Sargent from Joe David Brown’s novel “Addie Pray”), Tatum, playing depression-era scruff Addie Loggins, spies her maybe dad Ryan’s Moses Pray when he shows up at her mother’s funeral.
In spite of what any sensible person would say, you want Addie to leave it, and to go back on the road with Moses.
Did Toni, George, Eddie and his mistress really go on double dates together?
Eddie was sitting in the kitchen eating his breakfast in his pajamas.
Eddie and George said hi to each other, and George proceeded to the refrigerator and helped himself to a glass of milk. In real life, Toni, unhappy in her own marriage, took a strong liking to George. George's bedroom (where his body was found) looked out over the backyard of the property.
Is it true that Toni Mannix bought George Reeves a house? Toni also bought him a car and paid many of his bills.
It has been disputed whether or not she helped him with his career.