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The Paper (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 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 »


Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »



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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 »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El periódico  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$38,824,341 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Referring to the supposed inexperience of photojournalist Robin, Alicia says, "Robin is only 14." In reality, Amelia Campbell the actress who portrayed Robin was 29 years old at the time of the filming. See more »


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 »


Henry: I think we got room for 20 inches on this one. Give me a killer lead. By the way, you got three minutes.
Michael McDougal: I need four.
Henry: Three.
Michael McDougal: I need four.
Henry: Alright, whatever. Just make it fast.
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Referenced in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »


Written by M. Findling, D. Hussman, L. Sabin and L. Smith
Performed by Slave Raider
Courtesy of Jive Records
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A 90s Sleeper: intelligent humor, A-list cast, don't miss it
28 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie...a real 90s sleeper. It's hard to determine why some films don't get the attention they deserve. The Paper is delightfully acted by an A-list ensemble in their prime. It's hilariously funny, with great timing and pace, and some poignant overtones on commitment, loyalty, family, friendship, work and the workplace, and big city journalism.

Feel-good and sardonic at the same time, I did NOT find it completely predictable. The screenplay is terrific, with thoughtful, intelligent, brisk dialog. Not a dull moment; completely entertaining. A film for "grown-ups". More kudos to Ron Howard.

Renting it just to watch the superb Glen Close's character, especially in the "stop the presses" scene, is worth the time/money alone. A charming Marisa Tomei perfectly cast. Robert Duvall, Jason Alexander, Jason Robards, and of course Michael Keaton...what's not to like? One of those films that can be watched many times by men and women alike. Highly recommended.

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