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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

El periódico 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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jill Hennessy originally had more to do, but was cut for pacing issues, as well the fact that she was filming episodes for her debut season on Law & Order (1990), which was also filmed in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Martha is rolled into the OR feet first, we get a few brief glimpses of her panties. They are white and clean. The whole reason she was rushed to the hospital is because she is hemorrhaging blood vaginally. The chair she was sitting on at home was blood soaked. Obviously her panties would no longer be white. See more »

Quotes

Bernie: I gotta know if she hates me. If she hates me, there's no point.
Marion Sandusky, New York Parking Commissioner: Hates you? She's your daughter. What could you do that she would hate you?
Bernie: I kept fucking my reporters and... broke her mother's heart.
Marion Sandusky, New York Parking Commissioner: That would do it.
Bernie: Yeah, it would. It did.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 2 March 2016 (2016) See more »

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YOUNGBLOOD
Written by M. Findling, D. Hussman, L. Sabin and L. Smith
Performed by Slave Raider
Courtesy of Jive Records
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A 90s Sleeper: intelligent humor, A-list cast, don't miss it
28 April 2009 | by windsong353See 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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