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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
Jack Kehoe ... Phil
... Carmen
... Ray Blaisch
... Lou
... 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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25 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$38,824,341

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,424,341
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Trivia

The radio broadcast heard during the opening credits of the film was originally intended to be a segment from Don Imus' "Imus in the Morning" program that was recorded live during an on-air interview with Director Ron Howard. A portion of the segment appears as Michael Keaton walks through the newsroom. See more »

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During the opening tracking shot through the newsroom of The Sun, the camera track on the ceiling can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Henry: Jeez. What are these?
Janet, Henry's Secretary: Subway wreck, West 4th Street this morning. Did you find the one with the...
Henry: Is that an arm?
Janet, Henry's Secretary: Yeah, you found it.
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Features Scrabble (1984) See more »

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MAKE UP YOUR MIND
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Produced by Don Was & Randy Newman
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A Slick but Superficial Comedy Drama with an Impressive All-Star Cast
8 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

THE PAPER was a glossy but substance-challenged comedy drama that is supposed to provide an incisive look into the daily running of a large metropolitan newspaper. Michael Keaton stars as Henry Hackett, a maverick reporter trying to get the facts accurate on the biggest story of the decade while simultaneously chasing down a better job at another paper. The impressive supporting cast includes Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid, Jason Alexander, Catherine O'Hara, Spalding Gray, Lynne Thigpen, and a classy cameo by Jason Robards as the paper's publisher. No, there's not a lot going on here, but the all-star cast makes it worth a peek.


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