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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 »

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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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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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$38,824,341 (USA)
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Co-screenwriter Stephen Koepp has experience in the world of journalism, as he is the editor-in-chief of Time Magazine. See more »

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As the new "They Didn't Do It" headline picture is being emitted from the laser printer, the accompanying audio is that of a dot matrix printer. See more »

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[after firing a shot inside Henry's office]
Michael McDougal: Let Marty talk to her husband. Please.
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Referenced in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

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THE ONE TO PAY
Written by Jim Lang
Performed by Mervyn Warren
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stop/start the presses
31 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Paper" does seem slightly more serious and less sentimental than most of Ron Howard's movies. Focusing on an overworked reporter (Michael Keaton) getting torn between a big story and his wife (Marisa Tomei), it's worth seeing. I wonder how many movies there can be about someone getting between his family and his job, but combining that with something about the media - specifically a newspaper - makes it a little bit more interesting. In my opinion, the most interesting character was Glenn Close's incarnation of the bitchy executive (there always has to be one of those, doesn't there?) preferring to stick with policy rather than investigate the story seriously; you're not sure whether she makes your skin crawl or whether she's kinda likable.

So, this isn't the greatest movie ever - certainly not the best movie focusing on the media - but worth seeing as a look into situations slowly but surely spinning out of control. Also starring Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Jason Alexander and Clint Howard.


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