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The Paper (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1994 (USA)
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New York City tabloid Editor Henry is faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kehoe ...
Ray Blaisch


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

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film shares several ties with Andrew Klavan's novel "True Crime", which was made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood five years after this film wrapped production. What they have in common are: A crusading reporter (Keaton in this film, and Eastwood in True Crime (1999)). Innocent men who are framed for a murder they didn't commit. A midnight deadline to print the story (in the Eastwood films' case, to stop an execution of an innocent man). Families in distress (Keaton with Tomei's impending birth, and Eastwood with Diane Venora and their marriage). Tough, but fair Editor-in-chiefs (Duvall for this film, James Woods for True Crime (1999)). A rival reporter or bureaucrat (Close in this film, Denis Leary in True Crime (1999)). The newspapers represented are not major league ones, like the New York Times or the San Fransisco Chronicle for example. See more »


When Henry finally returns to his apartment, a little before finding out Marty's having a baby, the street he's walking seems wet as if it rained the whole day. However, during the whole movie the weather was very sunny. See more »


Henry: What if these aren't the guys? What if they're innocent?
Alicia: Taint them today, we make them look good on Saturday. Everybody's happy.
Henry: Wait. This is a story that could permanently alter the public's perception of two teenagers who might be innocent and as a weekend bonus, ignite another race war. How about that? Think about this.
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Written by Jim Lang
Performed by Mervyn Warren
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A 90s Sleeper: intelligent humor, A-list cast, don't miss it
28 April 2009 | by 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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