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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.

Director:

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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A behind the lines look at work, marriage and other forms of combat... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Martha Hackett is a reporter for the New York Sun, on maternity leave, which means that Henry Hackett and Martha were co-workers before they got married. This is further explained by her decisions to help Keaton in the middle of the film, to prove the innocence of the two boys framed for the crime, as well as the line "God, I miss this place!", during the aftermath of the scene where Henry is mobbed with his co-workers with complaints and issues. See more »

Goofs

During the scene with everyone in Henry Hackett's office (prior to the gunshot), the pad of paper that Carmen is holding jumps from one hand to the other & back again. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

THE SAME PAIN
Written by Jim Lang
Performed by Sweet Pea Atkinson
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The Paper is my baby!
16 March 2018 | by imseegSee all my reviews

Fast and witty story about 1 day in the life of a newspaper journalist. Workaholic Michael Keaton is addicted to his feverish deadline job at the daily newspaper.While his wife Marisa Tomei is pregnant he still wont take time to support her because he is rushing to make the newspapers deadline. Will they release the paper in time for todays deadline or not?

"The Paper" is a somewhat romantic and feverish portrayal of a days work at a newspaper and it makes for great cinema! Seen "The Paper" many times now. It isnt a masterpiece, but is so enjoyable to watch again and again, because the characters are so loveable and full of charm and wit. The actors Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei and Robert Duvall are to thank for that. They carry this movie with ease! Lovely, energetic and witty picture! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Ron Howard makes another feelgoodmovie with "The Paper". Never too sentimental, never too cliche without humour softening it, Ron Howard finds the right balance. I believe that in "The Paper" director Ron Howard is at his peak. I feel really good having watched this fast, witty and sometimes romantic flick!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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