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The Paper (1994)

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

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Ron Howard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Henry Hackett
Robert Duvall ... Bernie White
Glenn Close ... Alicia Clark
Marisa Tomei ... Martha Hackett
Randy Quaid ... Michael McDougal
Jason Robards ... Graham Keighley
Jason Alexander ... Marion Sandusky
Spalding Gray ... Paul Bladden
Catherine O'Hara ... Susan
Lynne Thigpen ... Janet
Jack Kehoe ... Phil
Roma Maffia ... Carmen
Clint Howard ... Ray Blaisch
Geoffrey Owens ... Lou
Amelia Campbell ... Robin
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Storyline

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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Never let the truth get in the way of a good story See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Paper See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,507, 20 March 1994

Gross USA:

$38,824,341

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,424,341
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film takes place in a twenty-four hour span. The events of the film follows different characters and their experiences throughout their entire day. The film was produced by Brian Grazer, who also produced the hit television show, 24 (2001), which also similarly follows different characters over a twenty-four hour span. See more »

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In the scene where Alicia Clark meets with Graham Keighley at the social function, her hair style keeps changing. Most noticeably, the amount of curl in her hair at the neckline. See more »

Quotes

Henry: Doesn't anybody say "good morning" any more?
Carmen: I don't think so.
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Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland)
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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The Paper Delivers!
15 November 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

A funny, fast-paced and fascinating film, THE PAPER delivers. Michael Keaton is remarkable as Henry Hackett, a newspaper editor torn between the two loves of his life: his exhausting job and his long-suffering (and pregnant) wife. This juggling act plays itself out during one particularly frenzied day in which Hackett must weigh a better job offer while trying to outscoop his deep-pocketed competitors on a murder story.

It's a cliché to say so, but there's never a dull moment in THE PAPER. The multi-faceted storyline sucks the viewer in and doesn't let go until after the exciting, root-on-the-good-guys finale. An interesting film could have been made about any one of the angles explored here, be it the incredibly hectic behind-the-scenes workings of a major daily, the personal toll such an operation takes on its employees, or the media's tendency to oversimplify. To combine these into one film results in an infinitely mesmerizing piece of work. And let's not forget Ron Howard's direction, which is smooth and virtually flawless. The writing is equally brilliant. Whatever reaction the film tries to inflict -- laughter, excitement, surprise -- it inevitably succeeds.

The performances in THE PAPER deserve special mention. Everyone is so well cast that it's impossible to picture anyone else in these roles. Keaton has never been better in a starring role that is tailor-made to his comedic and dramatic abilities. Robert Duvall is on top of his game as the publisher whose job has cost him so much in other areas of his life. Marisa Tomei, as Mrs. Hackett, proves MY COUSIN VINNY was no fluke. (The scene where she glares at her husband in disbelief as he tells her he has to miss an important dinner with her parents is absolutely priceless). Randy Quaid is as quirky as can be as the paper's resident columnist. And although his appearances are brief, the late Spalding Gray is unforgettable as the head of a rival paper. This group of actors may very well comprise one of the most talented ensembles of the 1990s.

It's a shame THE PAPER has never received the attention it deserved. Had it been released 50 years ago, in a less cluttered era, it would most certainly be widely hailed as a classic today.


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