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The Paper (1994)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Hackett
... Bernie White
... Alicia Clark
... Martha Hackett
... Michael McDougal
... Graham Keighley
... Marion Sandusky
... Paul Bladden
... Susan
... Janet
... Phil
... Carmen
... Ray Blaisch
... Lou
... Robin
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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25 March 1994 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,824,341

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,424,341
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Jason Robards, Jr., who plays the owner of The New York Sun, the fictitious newspaper depicted in the film, won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ben Bradlee, who was the Editor-in-chief in All the President's Men (1976). 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: Sometimes you can just smell a horrendously shitty day on the way, can't you?
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Referenced in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

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MEND THIS BROKEN HEART
Written by Jim Lang
Performed by Beth Hooker
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Typically Good Ron Howard
1 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ron Howard has assembled an all-star, A-list cast to dramatize a day in the life of a New York City tabloid. And they do a great job of it. Ron Howard is not a director to choose the "edgy" themes, and The Paper is no exception. The main plot focuses on the decision of whether or not to publish a sensational story that the editors and writers suspect is false, but will nonetheless sell lots of papers. This thread is supported by a variety of minor, intertwining stories that weave in and out of the main tale. It's very enjoyable stuff, part drama and part comedy. Ron Howard has made a movie that is just right for that weekend rental for the family.


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