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The Paper (1994)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 March 1994 (USA)
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Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces ... See full summary »

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Henry Hackett is the editor of a New York City tabloid. He is a workaholic who loves his job, but the long hours and low pay are leading to discontent. Also, publisher Bernie White faces financial straits, and has hatchetman Alicia Clark, Henry's nemesis, impose unpopular cutbacks. Henry's wife Martha, a hugely pregnant former reporter of his, is fed up because he has so little time for his family. He is therefore considering an offer from Paul Bladden to edit a paper like the New York Times, which would mean more money, shorter hours, more respectability...but might also be a bit boring for his tastes. But a hot story soon confronts Henry with tough decisions. Written by Reid Gagle

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A behind the lines look at work, marriage and other forms of combat... See more »

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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£629,234 (UK) (20 May 1994)
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Paul Newman turned down the role of Bernie White. See more »

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When Henry tries to "Stop the presses", they have to find "Chuck" to unlock the stop button... this is totally wrong; on presses like this, there are stop buttons everywhere, and ANYONE can stop the press (although they'd better have a good reason for doing so)... what if someone were caught in the press, they're going to take 10 minutes to find the guy with the key to unlock the stop button? No way... See more »

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Henry: Sometimes you can just smell a horrendously shitty day on the way, can't you?
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Written by M. Findling, D. Hussman, L. Sabin and L. Smith
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Ron Howard Delivers!
29 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Paper, another good film by Ron Howard, is a well-acted comedy that proves why Ron is such a good filmmaker and how he makes his movies interesting. Ordinarily, the 24-hour cycle of a newspaper company would be pretty boring to watch on the big screen, but here we have a clever story with well-developed characters, a great score, and a fine mixture of well-timed comedy mixed it with some dramatic, realistic incidents.

Howard's film is about an editor named Henry Hackett who likes his job working at the Sun, but he is facing pressure from his pregnant wife to find a better job so he is contemplating on working for the Times. Meanwhile, his publisher Bernie White is facing financial and family problems while his second-in-command is imposing not-so-popular cutbacks.

The acting is pretty darn good. Michael Keaton delivers a balanced comedic role. Robert Duvall is always good so there are no surprises here. Glenn Close is worth a mention because she and Keaton have some very good scenes with each other especially near the end. I also liked Marisa Tomei as the incredibly moody wife.

Overall, this is a solid, well-acted film that is way better than it should be. I wasn't expecting much, but with a Ron Howard film here, I had to check it out. While it's not the best journalism-related film out there, it's still worth a watch. I rate this film 8/10.


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