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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 18, 1997
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid & Robert Duvall|
|Performer:||Jason Robards, Jason Alexander, Catherine O'Hara, Lynne Thigpen, Roma Maffia, Clint Howard, Geoffrey Owens, Amelia Campbell, Jill Hennessy, William Prince, Bruce Altman, Jack McGee & Spalding Gray|
|Directed by||Ron Howard|
|Edited by||Dan Hanley & Michael Hill|
|Composition by||Randy Newman|
|Produced by||Brian Grazer & Frederick Zollo|
|Director of Photography:||John Seale|
Rating: 3/5 -- Not a bad view of the inner-workings at a daily
Rating: 3/4 -- It's clear right away that The Paper benefits substantially from Keaton's typically stellar turn as the central character... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
It's all slick, fizzy fun. But the film's fighting spirit gets snatched.
...Fizzy, fast-paced....[Keaton] at his most urgent and winning... -- Rating: B
Rating: 3/4 -- A crowd pleaser, and, regardless of any viewer's experience (or lack thereof) with the behind-the-scenes wrangling that goes on in newspaper offices, the story is affable and entertaining. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- One of Ron Howard's most underrated films.
...It's as crowd-pleasing as PARENTHOOD....THE PAPER never stops for breath long enough to be dull...
Los Angeles Times
Ron Howard directed this lightning-paced, high-energy drama following one day in the life of Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton), a frantic metro editor for a fictitious New York tabloid. While investigating the apparently race-related killing of two white businessmen found murdered in their car, Hackett discovers a conspiracy by the police involving the falsely arrested black youths. With the help of his very pregnant wife, Martha (Marisa Tomei), he scoops the competition by uncovering a connection to the mob. But his editor, the acerbic penny-counting Alicia (Glenn Close), questions the validity of his findings and refuses to print the story. Curmudgeonly managing editor Bernie White (Robert Duvall) tries to stop his two editors from fighting while losing a battle for his own health. THE PAPER features a terrific supporting cast, including Jason Robards as the paper's publisher, Randy Quaid as a paranoid columnist, Jason Alexander as a corrupt politician, and Spalding Gray as a New York Times-type editor. However, the movie belongs to Keaton himself, as an ambitious, harried reporter in search of the big story. Two brothers--screenwriter David Koepp and Time magazine editor Stephen Koepp, collaborated on the screenplay. To lend realism to the film, Howard rounded up a large group of media figures to make cameos, including Kurt Loder, Pete Hamill, Bob Costas, Richard Price, William Kunstler, Jane Hanson, E. Graydon Carter, and others.
Trying to scoop the city's "reputable" paper and facing near-impossible personal and professional deadlines, Henry Hackett is desperate to make it all work without losing his sanity.
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