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The Paper (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1994 (USA)
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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Never let the truth get in the way of a good story See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,824,341 (USA)
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When Glen Close walks into the men's room, sportscaster Bob Costas makes a cameo appearance as the guy at the urinal. See more »

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During the scene with everyone in Henry Hackett's office (prior to the gunshot), the pad of paper that Carmen is holding jumps from one hand to the other & back again. See more »

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Marion Sandusky, New York Parking Commissioner: [before attacking McDougal] Get outta my way!
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YOU'VE BEEN A LONG TIME COMING
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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A Slick but Superficial Comedy Drama with an Impressive All-Star Cast
8 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE PAPER was a glossy but substance-challenged comedy drama that is supposed to provide an incisive look into the daily running of a large metropolitan newspaper. Michael Keaton stars as Henry Hackett, a maverick reporter trying to get the facts accurate on the biggest story of the decade while simultaneously chasing down a better job at another paper. The impressive supporting cast includes Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid, Jason Alexander, Catherine O'Hara, Spalding Gray, Lynne Thigpen, and a classy cameo by Jason Robards as the paper's publisher. No, there's not a lot going on here, but the all-star cast makes it worth a peek.


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