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The Paperboy -- Journalist Ward Jansen returns to his hometown in Moat County, Florida in an attempt to prove that an innocent man is about to be put to death for a crime he didn't commit. What follows is a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts that will set off not only a search for the truth, but a chain reaction of passion and violence.
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Writers (WGA):
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17 October 2012 (Belgium) See more »
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A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Zac Efron ... Jack Jansen

Matthew McConaughey ... Ward Jansen

Nicole Kidman ... Charlotte Bless

John Cusack ... Hillary Van Wetter

David Oyelowo ... Yardley Acheman

Scott Glenn ... W.W. Jansen

Ned Bellamy ... Tyree Van Wetter

Nealla Gordon ... Ellen Guthrie

Macy Gray ... Anita Chester
Edrick Browne ... Hustler #1

Kevin Waterman ... Victim
Danny Hanemann ... Sheriff Thurmond Call

Peter Murnik ... Death Row Guard

John P. Fertitta ... Sam Ellison (as John Fertitta)

Jay Oliver ... Mr. Guthrie / Wedding Guest (as James Oliver)
Gary Clarke ... Weldon Pine

Ava Bogle ... Renee / Nail Biter
Adam Sibley ... Eugene

J.D. Evermore ... Gate Guard

René J.F. Piazza ... Kitchen Supervisor

Phyllis Montana LeBlanc ... Bartender
Paul Fisher ... Wedding Photographer (as Paul Michael Fisher)
Lydia Rooks ... Charlotte Girlfriend #1

Nicole Barré ... Charlotte Girlfriend #2

Camille Balsamo ... Pam / Beach Girl #1

Leslie Hippensteel ... Kim / Beach Girl #2

Grace Hightower ... Yardley's Girlfriend

Lorrie Chilcoat ... Wedding Singer
Stephanie Jordan ... Singer #1
Carmen Barika ... Singer #2
Nicole Porche ... Singer #3

Faizon Love ... Comedian

Stiggidy Steve ... Hustler #3
Rahsaana Ison ... Lady in Bar

Katarzyna Wolejnio ... Jennifer

Nikolette Noel ... Nancy
Corrina Lyons ... Cousin Alice
John Thompson ... Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristen Beevers ... Beach Goer (uncredited)

Chip Carriere ... Coach Northcutt (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Grant Case ... Surfer Dude (uncredited)

David A Cole ... Extra (uncredited)

Lee Daniels ... Bartender (uncredited)

Amye Gousset ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Monica R. Harris ... Background (uncredited)

Jeanine Hill ... Honeymoon Girl (uncredited)
John C. Klein ... Death Row Guard (uncredited)
Ken Massey ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
John Calvin McCann ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Danyiell Oviedo ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)

Shawn M. Richardz ... Waitress (uncredited)
Robyn Sprehe ... Miss Betty (uncredited)

Aspen Steib ... Bartender 2 (uncredited)
Glen Warner ... Transit Rider (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lee Daniels 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Dexter (screenplay by) and
Lee Daniels (screenplay by)

Peter Dexter (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Jan de Bont .... executive producer (as Jan De Bont)
Ed Cathell III .... producer
Lee Daniels .... producer
Boaz Davidson .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Cassian Elwes .... producer
Mark Gill .... executive producer
Asger Hussain .... co-producer
Avi Lerner .... producer
Lonnie Ramati .... co-executive producer
Simone Sheffield .... co-producer
Hilary Shor .... producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
John Thompson .... executive producer
Michael Benaroya .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Mario Grigorov 
 
Cinematography by
Roberto Schaefer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Klotz 
 
Casting by
Leah Daniels  (as Leah Daniels-Butler)
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Daniel T. Dorrance 
 
Art Direction by
Wright McFarland 
 
Set Decoration by
Tim Cohn 
 
Costume Design by
Caroline Eselin  (as Caroline Eselin-Schaefer)
 
Makeup Department
Kimberly Amacker .... key makeup artist (as Kimberley Amaker)
David Blair .... assistant hair stylist (as David Jeffrey Blair)
Karri Farris .... makeup artist
Jack Lazzaro .... makeup artist
Robin Mathews .... makeup department head
Candace Neal .... hair department head
Paige Reeves .... makeup artist
Tanya Cookingham .... key makeup artist: additional photography (uncredited)
Bailey Domke .... life casting: Autonomous FX South (uncredited)
Mary Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jami Ross .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Amy Wood .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ed Cathell III .... unit production manager
Todd Gilbert .... executive in charge of post-production
Robert Mazaraki .... production supervisor
Robert Van Norden .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott August .... second assistant director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Sebastian Mazzola .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Roger Brad Benischek .... lead scenic painter
Scott C. Bivona .... lead greens
Scott C. Bivona .... lead greensman
John Blanchard .... construction coordinator
Angela Boulet .... property assistant (as Angela Wert)
Lauren Chriceol .... set decorator intern
Marisa Creed .... art department coordinator
David Dorretto .... set dresser
Ellen Ellis .... scenic painter
Jaime Fernandez .... assistant property master (as Jaime R. Fernandez)
Thomas 'Austin' Grehan .... painter
Chad Harris .... assistant set decorator
Kim Harris .... foreman
Anthony J. Henderson .... sculptor
Annie Holstein .... art department intern
Remmert H. Laan .... set dresser
Sam Lothridge .... on-set dresser
Carl Mastio .... greensman (as Carl J. Masito)
Taylor Newman .... set decoration intern
Pat A. O'Connor .... leadman
Shannon O'Donnell .... art department production assistant
Patrick Roig .... set dresser
Bill Walters .... set dresser
Andrew Wert .... property master (as Andrew 'Big Toe' Wert)
Chris Whittaker .... set dresser (as Christopher Whittaker)
Robert Wilson Jr. .... stand-by painter (as Robert N. Wilson Jr.)
Niko Zahlten .... set dresser (as Nikolas Zahlter)
Lisa De Alva .... property mistress: additional photography (uncredited)
Shannon De Vergnette .... art assist (uncredited)
John Edwin Howard .... props (uncredited)
Nicole LaBranche .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Kristin Lekki .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Brad Oltmann .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brian Bowles .... adr editor
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roberto Fernandez)
Jim Gardner .... post-production sound: Sound One Corp.
Matthew Haasch .... foley editor (as Matt Haasch)
Robert Hein .... sound designer
Robert Hein .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Huerstel .... utility sound
George Irgmire .... sound: epk
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Dave Paterson .... sound effects editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Randy Pease .... boom operator
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator
Michael Rivera .... adr recordist (as Mike Rivera)
Jay Rubin .... post-production sound: Sound One Corp.
Paul Yurt .... systems engineer
Patrick Christensen .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Amber Conroy .... boom operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Miles Fuqua .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Dennis Grzesik .... sound mixer: additional photography (uncredited)
Fred Paragano .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Sarah Vorhees .... adr assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larry Barado .... special effects foreman (as Lawrence Barado)
David K. Nami .... special effects coordinator (as David Nami)
Edward Joubert .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Aponte .... compositor: Worldwide FX (as Richard Aponte-Chong)
Aaron Askew .... animator: Worldwide FX
Bradley M. Baxter .... supervising lead: Worldwide FX (as Brad Baxter)
Mitchell Baxter .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Paul F. Becker .... operations manager: Worldwide FX (as Paul Becker)
Zoltán Benyó .... visual effects supervisor: IDFX Budapest (as Zoltan Benyo)
Peter Berky .... visual effects supervisor: IDFX Budapest
John Bosch .... digital restoration: Technicolor Postworks
John Brizzi .... it support: Worldwide FX
Dwight Carter .... animator: Worldwide FX
Caylin Colson .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Scott Coulter .... visual effects producer: Worldwide FX
Peter Cromwell .... animator: Worldwide FX
Mária Czeglédi .... compositor: IDFX Budapest (as Maria Czegledi)
Alexandre Daigle .... it support: Worldwide FX (as Alex Daigle)
Jessica Elvin .... visual effects: Technicolor Postworks
Dusty Emerson .... visual effects supervisor: Worldwide FX
Joshua Garza .... animator: Worldwide FX
Nathan Grubbs .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Errol Hanse .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Jack Hebert .... 2d lead: Worldwide FX
Travis Howe .... i/o coorrdinator: Worldwide FX
Róbert Illés .... compositor: IDFX Budapest (as Robert Illes)
Matthew S. Jennings .... visual effects coordinator: Worldwide FX (as Matt Jennings)
Pál Klemm .... lead compositor: IDFX Budapest (as Pal Klemm)
Gabriella Korán .... compositor: IDFX Budapest (as Gabriella Koran)
Kevin Langley .... visual effects coordinator: Worldwide FX
Eric Leverenz .... digital restoration: Technicolor Postworks
Robert Lovy .... visual effects producer: IDFX Budapest
Ryan Markley .... 3d lead: Worldwide FX (as Ryan E. Markley)
Ryan McMahon .... visual effects: Technicolor Postworks
Morgan Miller .... digital restoration: Technicolor Postworks
Ben Murray .... visual effects: Technicolor Postworks
Richard Nagy .... compositor: IDFX Budapest
Richard Nehmad .... digital artist
Esteban Olide .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Kyoung Kay Park .... animator: Worldwide FX (as Kyoung 'Kay' Park)
Emily Perla .... visual effects editor: Worldwide FX
Dee Anne Phillips .... visual effects editor: Worldwide FX
Stephen H. Porter .... visual effects project manager: Worldwide FX
Kaleb Prichard .... animator: Worldwide FX
Joey Scarpinatto .... visual effects coordinator: Worldwide FX
Dustin Scholl .... colorist: Woirldwide FX
Patrick Schultz .... compositor: Worldwide FX
William Tatum III .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Anton Tsolov .... compositor: Worldwide FX
David Van Woert .... visual effects producer: IDFX Budapest (as David Scott Van Woert)
Michael Walker .... compositor: Worldwide FX
Andor Záhonyi .... compositor: IDFX Budapest (as Andor Zahonyi)
Aaron T. Brown .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Chris M. Cooper .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Juvenal Vique .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunt double: Mr. Effron
Tim Bryan .... stunt double: Mr. McConaughey
Chris J. Fanguy .... stunts
Shauna Galligan .... stunt double: Ms.Kidman
Jeff Galpin .... stunt coordinator
Christopher Guy Grant .... stunts (as Christopher Grant)
Kortney Manns .... stunt double: Mr. Oyelowo (as Kortney Thomas Manns)
Greg Sproles .... stunts (as Gregory C. Sproles)
Tracy E. Thomas .... stunt double: Mr. Cusack
Chris J. Fanguy .... water safety (uncredited)
Tim Soergel .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Kevin Waterman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Alward .... second assistant camera: "blue" camera
Troy Anderson .... second assistant camera: "yellow" camera (as Troy K. Anderson)
Channing Brenholtz .... first assistant camera: aerial camera
Harvey Bryson .... grip (as Harvey 'Chip' Bryson)
Joe Cassano .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Duane Cooper .... best boy grip
Mark A. Davis .... electrician
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Peter Gulla .... a camera operator: additional photography
Kristopher Hardy .... first assistant camera: "yellow" camera
Eric Hitt .... generator operator: base camp
Jerry M. Jacob .... camera operator: "blue" camera (as Jerry Jacob)
Francis James .... camera operator: aerial camera
Alan Keffer .... first assistant camera: "blue" camera (as Allan Keffer)
R. Scott Lebell .... grip
Nick Leon .... key grip (as T. Nick Leon)
Darius Lindsey .... electrician
Kiya Maggio .... grip
Kevin Marigny .... electrician (as Kevin J. Marigny Jr.)
Mike McLaughlin .... gaffer
Mark Mims .... best boy electric
Scott Morrison .... electrician
Josh Oliver .... electrician
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... electrician (as Chewie Pappas)
Sam Pearcy .... loader
Derek A. Schwebel .... video assist
Wayne Sharp .... dolly grip: "b" camera (as Wayne A. Sharp)
Michael Trejo .... grip (as Michael M. Trejo)
Ben Wachsmann .... grip (as Paul Wachismann II)
Aaron C. Walker .... camera: epk
Adam Ward .... camera operator: "yellow" camera
Sharla Cipicchio .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rick Grover .... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ericka Bonilla .... extras casting assistant
Kacee Devoe .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Rahsaana Ison .... casting intern
Erin Darke .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colette Delacroix .... seamstress (as Colette A. Delacroix)
Andree Fortier .... costume supervisor
Caryn Frankenfield .... set costumer
Darren Manzari .... costume assistant
Susan Thomas .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Floyd Burks .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Nick Detisch .... post-production assistant
Kyle DeVriendt .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Scott Drost .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor Postworks
Brian Hayashi .... post-production coordinator
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate account executive: Technicolor Postworks
Todd Mitchell .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Carl S.G. Moore .... film scanning & recording producer: Technicolor Hollywood (as Carl Moore)
Joshua Moore .... film laboratory manager: Technicolor Hollywood
Scott Osborn .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Madhava Reddy .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood (as Mady Yatham)
Doug Richardson .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
David Slaughter .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Kat Spiess .... assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor Postworks
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Postworks
David White .... imaging technician: Technicolor Hollywood
Lee Wimer .... laboratory color timer: Technicolor Hollywood
 
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music supervisor
Nick Baxter .... music engineer: Igloo Studios (as Nicholai Baxter)
Arturo Cardelús .... orchestrator (as Arturo Cardelus)
Adam Charity .... music engineer: Igloo Studops
Natasha Delahunt .... score producer (as Natasha DeLaHunt)
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Oleg Kondratenko .... conductor
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Katherine Gordon Miller .... music editor: temp (as Katherine Miller)
F.A.M.E.'S. Project .... orchestra and studio contractor
 
Transportation Department
Kevin Banks .... driver
Steve C. Bell .... driver
Bill Billings .... driver
Bruce Billings .... driver (as Bruce D. Billings)
Henry F. Carlton .... driver
Kenneth Chancellor .... driver
John C. Chaney .... driver
Christie Chaplin .... driver
Greg Faucett .... transportation coordinator
Travis Hux .... transportation captain (as Donovan 'Travis' Hux)
Wayne E. Jolla Sr. .... driver
Michael Keeler .... driver
McGraw Lewis .... driver
Andy Lovell .... picture car wrangler
Harry Nobles .... driver
Melvin Phillips Jr. .... driver
Buddy Pine .... driver
Jesse Quiet .... driver
Steve Robinson .... driver (as Steve A. Robinson)
Lawrence T. Rodgers .... driver
Michael Schlumbrecht .... picture car coordinator
Robert Spitelera .... driver
Melvin Theriot .... driver (as Melvin E. Theriot)
Darryl Wheeler .... driver
Vevi Wilson .... transportation dispatcher
Shawn A. Wise .... driver
Ray Wood .... driver
Daniel Woodcock .... driver
 
Other crew
David Acosta .... production financing: City National Bank
Amy Agzarian .... production accountant
Bianca Arvin .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Gavin Atilano .... production secretary
Kim Baker .... travel: Travel Corp.
Lauren Beale .... production assistant (as Rose Beale)
Amy Blacker .... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Pauline Boudreaux .... on-set medic
Robert Bowman .... production services coordinator: Millennium Studios (Shreveport )
Beth Bruckner .... creative executive: Millennium Films
Christopher Butler .... intern
Erica Callais .... assistant: Mr. Martinez, Millennium Studios (Shreveport )
Gregory S. Carr .... set production assistant
Daniel Chavez .... distribution services: Millennium Films
Alex Cho .... production financing: Union Bank
Lauren Claret .... accounting clerk
Sally Considine .... assistant: Ms.Kidman
Felipe Contreras .... assistant chef
Brian Coon .... intern
Josh Crouchet .... assistant: Ms. Shor
Josh Crouchet .... production assistant
Christine Crow .... development executive: Millennium Films
Nikki David .... product placement coordinator
Angel De La Vina .... set production assistant
Derek Di Biagio .... assistant: Mr. McConaughey
Annie Domingo .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Sean J. Donnelly .... location assistant
Robert Douthat .... photo double/stand-in (Matthew McConaughey )
Johnny Eastlund .... production assistant
Seth Ellis .... assistant chef
Becky Emerson .... accountant: Millennium Studios (Shreveport )
Becky Emerson .... bookkeeper: Worldwide FX
Nakina Eugene .... intern (as Nakina M. Eugene)
Rick Eyler .... business & legal affairs: Millennium Films
Cliff Fleming .... aerial coordinator
Cory Fleming .... pilot
Nicole Flowers .... first assistant accountant
Christine J. Forgo .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Moira Glace .... production assistant: bas camp
Zoila Gomez .... production coordinator
Eric Green .... executive in charge of marketing and publicity: Millennium Films
Elle Greene .... assistant: Mr. Cathell III
Jeffrey Greenstein .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Jeffrey Greenstein .... international sales: Millennium Films
Chris Gugisberg .... set production assistant
Salvador Hernandez .... assistant chef
Sofia Hujabre .... assistant production coordinator
Kenneth Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Cusack (as Kenneth 'KJ' Johnson)
Adam J. Korn .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance coordinator: Cleared By Ashley
Margaret Lancaster .... craft service assistant
John Landers .... key craft service
Hai Le .... intern
Danielle Loosemore .... accounting clerk
Darren Manzari .... production assistant
Joan Mao .... assistant: Mr. Davidson
Joan Mao .... development executive: Millennium Films
Wade Marshall .... production services manager: Millennium Studios (Shreveport )
Chad Mayeux .... facility manager: Millennium Studios (Shreveport )
David Ross McCarty .... location manager
Winston McNulty .... locations coordinator
Mark Micucci .... post production accountant
Jose Moras .... head chef
Dimiter D. Nikolov .... vice president international business and legal affairs: Millennium Films
Shannon O'Donnell .... production assistant
Holly O'Quin .... set medic
Maureen O'Reilly .... payroll accountant
David B. Oliver .... production financing: City National Bank
Ashley Gwen Patrick .... set production assistant
D.J. Phillips .... intern (as DJ Phillips)
Jack Przyblyski .... distribution services: Millennium Films
Susan Pusateri .... assistant: Mr. Thompson
Lonnie Ramati .... production business & legal affairs
Russ Riggins .... production financing: Millennium Films
Andrew C. Robinson .... production financing: Comerica Entertainment Group
Tyler Samardick .... craft service assistant (as Robert Tyler Samardick)
Amy Sanderson .... script supervisor
Gustavo Santana .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Imelda Santiago .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Avivah Sharon .... travel: New Act Travel (as Aviva Sharon)
Candace Sheffield .... intern
Michael Simkin .... assistant: Mr. Efron
Jake Stango .... product placement coordinator
Patricia Stanley .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Ray Tamayo .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Tanya Thanadpojanamart .... distribution services: Millenniu Films
Bella Thompson .... production assistant
Isabella Thompson .... production assistant
Kimberly Toney .... accounting clerk
Sonia Torres .... set production assistant
Scott Varnado .... intern
Charlie Wachtel .... assistant: Mr. Benaroya
Jason Waggenspack .... key assistant location manager
Julie Weisel .... accountant: Nu Image Inc., Millennium Films
Bradley Weiss .... human resources: Millennium Films
Tom Westfall .... assistant: Mr. Daniels (as Thomas Westfall)
Stephen Winter .... clearance consultant
Adele Yoshioka .... vice president international distribution: Millennium Films
Jonathan Yunger .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Lauren Beale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Behar .... production assistant (uncredited)
Beau Brasseaux .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sean Paul Braud .... alligator wrangler (uncredited)
Tanja Crouch .... post-production facilities manager (uncredited)
Robert Douthat .... photo double/stand-in: Matthew McConaughey (uncredited)
Ashley Foster .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Galpin .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Christopher Guy Grant .... alligator wrangler (uncredited)
Monica R. Harris .... stand-in (uncredited)
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Nicole Kidman (uncredited)
Diego J. Martinez .... production executive (uncredited)
Bradley Randall .... production assistant (uncredited)
Antonio Sabatini .... stand-in (uncredited)
Francine Segal .... dialect coach: Zac Efron & Matthew McConaughey (uncredited)
Robert Segari .... stand- in (uncredited)
Robert Segari .... stand-in: Scott Glen (uncredited)
Chaya Supannarat .... production consultant (uncredited)
Nicole Williams .... production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron V. Williamson .... fitness trainer (uncredited)
Nimrod Zalmanowitz .... epk creator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rose Ganguzza .... thanks
Santiago Rizzo .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language
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Trivia:
Tobey Maguire was cast as Ward but dropped out because of scheduling conflicts.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jack tosses his beer as he's walking towards Charlotte. Then he takes the boxes but still has the beer in his left hand. When he turns around again, the beer is gone.See more »
Quotes:
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Interviewer:[off-screen] Just tell me when you're rolling.
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20 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
In southern Florida where a racial murder case turns into a coming-of-age character study, 28 January 2013
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

"The Paperboy" has received some harsh criticism, not just divisive but mostly negative reviews. I'm happy to provide an opposite perspective but it is worth mentioning that most critiques seem to come from a superficial point-of-view. Anita (Macy Gray) as the narrator takes us down to small town life in Florida in the late 1960s where she worked as a maid for the white, upper class Jansen family. Nothing is as it seems.

The youngest brother, Jack Jansen (Zac Efron), has just returned home after a short stint as a star swimmer at university. He's lost with no purpose and no real desire. The elder brother, Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey), is a reporter at the Miami Times and has just returned home to investigate a racial murder case. To help him, he has brought home his newspaper partner and friend Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo). Yardley comes from an upper class, African American family from London.

The film has found a place in time where racism was rampant in some parts of the world and barely an issue in other parts of the world. It was definitely an issue for Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) who apparently committed murder due to race, but he could also have been unjustly imprisoned due to race.

At this point in the film, most viewers are still reeling from the introduction of all the actors. Cusack is playing a Southern white trash, murderous hick and Nicole Kidman is playing his white trash fiancée, Charlotte Bless, who likes chasing after imprisoned criminals. Viewers remain in a state of shock when Hillary and Charlotte decide to pleasure themselves upon first meeting, with all other paper players present. Contrary to popular belief, that scene was not just for pure shock value, it was also used to help establish who the innocent characters are and who deserves our sympathies.

The most intuitive and considerate character, Ward, has also returned home to look after his little brother. Their mother died when they were young and with a stubborn and distant father and scheming step-mother- to-be, Jack is prone to misunderstood loneliness, and Ward hires him as a driver for their newspaper article on Hillary's case. Jack is more innocent and sheltered than his age suggests. He's never been in love and he doesn't even know how to find love. So when Charlotte shows up with bleach-blonde hair and a skin-tight, shorter-than-appropriate hooker dress, he's in love. Or infatuation, but he doesn't know the difference, and then the film starts exploring that.

But after all, Jack (Efron) is the title character of "The Paperboy". This film is about him. It also happens to be about love, sex, race, murder and acceptance. It is extreme, chaotic and tragic, but it's not terrible. It's actually a very intelligent film.

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