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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

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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:

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 opening tracking shot through the newsroom of The Sun, the camera track on the ceiling can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Henry: A clipboard and a confident wave will get you into any building in the world!
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THE SAME PAIN
Written by Jim Lang
Performed by Sweet Pea Atkinson
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Frenzy!!!

I have never liked Ron Howard films until now. I was shocked to learn that this was his work. I find them rather boring and lifeless, dry and without a personal stake in the story and its characters. The literalness in his shots and film structure is cumbersome in his dramatic works, but in a comedy like this, it works--it emboldens and accentuates the humor, rather than making the film boring to watch.

This film captured the chaotic energy of the newsroom floor and got me swept up in it. The ending had me cheering and laughing along with the characters. The film felt very personal, and it was easy to tell that a lot of love went into the production. The script was amazing, and the acting, superb.

Yes, the plot is contrived. But that's not the reason for the storytelling in this film. The story is about its characters. Every character is incredibly well-drawn and each actor is very much immersed and invested in their characters. Seeing the characters react and interact brought huge involuntary smiles to my face. The characters came alive, and as a result, the story made sense! What an awesome ensemble cast. It's my favorite so far in film. They make it evident that the paper is a force in itself, an idea, that drives these characters and consumes their lives. I think the film offers a view into the lives of these people--from their point of view.

Ahhhh!!!!


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