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The Paper Boy (1994)

A homicidal twelve-year-old paperboy becomes obsessed with a woman and her daughter next-door, and he'll do anything to make his fantasy of the "perfect family" come alive.

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Douglas Jackson

Writer:

David E. Peckinpah (as David Peckinpah)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alexandra Paul ... Melissa Thorpe
Marc Marut Marc Marut ... Johnny McFarley
Brigid Tierney ... Cammie Thorpe
William Katt ... Brian
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Rosemont
Krista Errickson ... Diana
Barry Flatman ... Mr. McFarley
Karyn Dwyer ... Brenda
Jenny Campbell Jenny Campbell ... Tiffany
Mathieu Kermoyan Mathieu Kermoyan ... Uri
Claire Riley Claire Riley ... Jeanne Stalcup
Derek Johnston Derek Johnston ... Brenda's Boyfriend
Bobo Vian Bobo Vian ... Dora
James Rae ... Travis
Frelin Frelin ... Peaches
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Storyline

A paper-boy murders an old lady only to lure her family from the city out to the country. As each day passes the paper-boy tries to make friends with the family. Once the family sees what a sicko he is, they banish him from their lives. Then the terror begins. Written by <chopp@gte.net>

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paperboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Rosemere, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alexandra Paul turned thirty during the shooting of this film. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, an old woman is suffocated by a plastic bag by the paperboy. You see her face behind the plastic bag as she dies, and her mouth is wide open. It cuts, and the paperboy removes the plastic from the woman's head. Her mouth is now closed. See more »

Quotes

Johnny McFarley: If you're not gonna be part of my family, you're not going to be part of anyone else's family.
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Connections

References The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) See more »

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Standard Fare For The Genre, Except The Killer Is Young
8 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Marc Marut is convincingly creepy as the young (13 or 14-year-old) paperboy who has a crush/mother fixation. The kid is eerie, especially when he gets excited and his voice squeaks. The movie is interesting and moves along pretty well yet, for this genre, it's standard fare; nothing exceptional.

I might have rated it higher had it not contained yet another example of Hollywood's prejudice against Christianity. Here again we get the message that the kid was nuts because his "strict, religious" mother made him that way. That has become a standard film cliché to explain insanity. Other than that, there was little offensive material, including language.


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