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The Paper (1994)

Michael Keaton , Glenn Close , Ron Howard  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: David Koepp, Stephen Koepp
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Frederick Zollo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 1994
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219571
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Paper" on IMDb

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    Highly entertaining albeit thin journalism thriller, this examination of a 24-hour period in the life of a New York Post-ish tabloid focuses on a hard-working metro editor (a pitch-perfect Michael Keaton) thinking of going to a loftier job at a rival paper. Edgy, "NYC as the center of the universe" full of sweat and grit, the paper debates the hot story of the day: a racial shooting. Like most movies from Ron Howard's universe (Parenthood, Backdraft), it's always just a movie, full of dramatic, over-the-top setups instead of the genuine article. Still, the film has the feeling of being there, full of workman's vigor where "I'm on deadline" is the family motto. The cast is just right although the roles are stereotypical: the grizzled editor-in-chief (Robert Duvall) the cold female manager (Glenn Close), the slightly whacked-out ace columnist (Randy Quaid), and the rest. Each actor has choice moments in this movie that may turn fans on to the hectic side of journalism. --Doug Thomas

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    Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall headline a star-studded cast in this stop-the-presses comedy about the fast-paced, cutthroat, often hilarious world of newspaper journalism. Directed by Ron Howard, this smash hit has been hailed by US Magazine as "One of the most entertaining movies to come out of Hollwyood in years."

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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars STOP THE PRESSES November 22, 2005
    A high powered ensemble cast propels Ron Howard's examination of 24 hours in the life of a struggling New York paper. Michael Keaton gives a solid performance as the managing editor who wants to make up for the paper's losing a key story. Robert Duvall plays the cancer-ridden editor who wants a relationship with his estranged daughter; Glenn Close has as pre Cruella Deville moment as the acerbic manager; Marisa Tomei tries for another Oscar as Keaton's wife, but she doesn't quite pull it off; Randy Quaid is the columnist who works with Keaton to save the fate of two wrongfully accused African American teenagers, and Jason Alexander surfaces as a disgruntled victim of the press. All in all, it's frenetic and Howard does a good job of capturing the feel of a newspaper facing a seemingly impossible deadline. The movie is a little too long, but it reaches the expected climax with a few moments of tension along the way.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Because your whole world can change in 24 hours August 31, 2001
    Is the theme of this film, one of the best films I have ever seen at the only movie I have ever seen eight times in the theater. Yes, I saw ONE movie eight times in the movie theater, but the thing is I never got sick of it. I'm already a bit biased given Michael Keaton is my all time favorite actor, but I love this movie for so many more reasons. The acting by Michael, Marisa Tomei, Robert Duval, Randy Quaid and Glen Glose is just exceptional, and Ron Howards directing is on the mark as always.
    There are also some good cameos by the late William Kunstler and Jason Robards. There's also a hillarious cameo by Bob Costas which I won't give away, you've just gotta see it:)
    Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) has a grueling job as an editor at The New York Sun (my guess being it's supposed to be a ficitional verison of The New York Post judging by such front page headlines as "No Parking Except For Me" and "Gotcha") that usually keeps him from his wife nine months pregnant wife Martha (Marisa Tomei) 24/7, so she's pressuring him to get a cushier job at The New York Sentinal (fictional version of The New York Times based on their mantra of "We Cover The World.") Henry of course doesn't want to be out of the action that makes him down Cokes and Tums all day, and finds himself subconsciously sabatoging the interview in the pursuit of finding out the truth behind a grizzly murder and exonerate the two boys arrested for the murder whom he knows in his gut are innocent. The movie takes place during these twenty four hours; from battling with bosses, to fights, to shootings to a father trying to make ammends with his daughter he neglected; this movie shows a day in the life of five people as they try to find the truth behind the murder and the truth about their lifes. Because your whole world can change in twenty-four hours.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Amazon description wrong! January 10, 2011
    By MDB007
    My daughter just purchased this for me from amazon. I love this movie. However in description above under product details it says full screen and wide screen yet format is 1.33/1 which is full screen! I had already unwrapped so too late to send back and that description got her because she knows I only like my movies in wide screen. Someone at Amazon should fix this error.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but.. May 31, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    This wasn't a bad film, in my view, 3 stars is still ok, just shows it is a slightly above average film. As stated in other reviews, the cast was just about top notch and contains many popular names, along with Keaton playing the main role. It's a day in the life of a New York City newspaper (not the major one however), and shows the challanges and decisions papers must face each day, and for that it creates interest and suspense for the viewer because it is done in an often times comical way.
    However, perhaps my problem with this is that there are no redeeming qualities that put this film "over the edge". It's entertaining and worth watching, but, don't expect it to change your life or anything. I should point out however, the brilliant performance by often overlooked, Marisa Tomei, she shines in this film and actually makes the relationship between her and Keaton actually seem believable, when otherwise it wouldn't. For her performance, it puts it just over average and deserves 3 stars.
    On a side note, perhaps I am just overlooking this film because of the age gap between me and the movie, many of the members of the cast are stars from a different generation and it is hard for me to relate, as a 21 year old, to some of them. So in all fairness, this may defend my rating from my perspective.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars no title April 2, 2006
    A very entertaining movie, with sit on the edge of your seat suspense. Done much like the old TV series "St Elsewhere", with the cutting back and forth between characters, that has become so popular today. In 1994 it was more cutting edge. "City of Hope" was also in this style, although with much more substance. A lot gets packed into 24 hours in the life of these people. I particularly enjoyed Randy Quaid's character here. Many of the others seemed to be playing types, rather than real people, but for this kind of script, with no pretensions of meaning, that's OK. It was action-packed, never a dull moment. I did thing Spalding Grey not good, as I think he has been in everything I've seen him in, which is odd, as his stage show was nothing short of fabulous. A great talent will be missed. Perhaps the film medium was just not suited to him. There was also a continuity break in the scene where Marisa Tomai is having a drink with some guy. Sometimes the lime slice is on her glass, sometimes not, the level of water keeps changing, and also the angle of the lime slice when it is there. And I think the reporter with back problems and his chair should have hit the cutting room floor.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie!!
    Published 4 days ago by Michael R. Johnson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie keeping my interest and enjoy not knowing just ...
    Fun movie keeping my interest and enjoy not knowing just where this was all going. Great cast and recommend it.
    Published 6 days ago by Paul L. Gardner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Great Humor, Timeless
    Incredibly funny, fast paced and unique. In spite of the age of the movie, it is a very contemporary story with compelling issues.
    Published 8 days ago by J. M. Brause
    5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is smart, funny and dramatic
    One of my favorites. This movie is smart,funny and dramatic. Great all star cast with a wonderful performance by Michael Keaton.
    Published 12 days ago by Rebecca Estrada
    5.0 out of 5 stars who I know will enjoy it, too
    I saw it when it first came out, loved it, and wanted to share it with my sister, who I know will enjoy it, too. Very well done, funny, and good plot. (Randy Quaid great!)
    Published 25 days ago by Suzanne S.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast......
    The paper is a bit dated now, but really a fun film. Great cast and not out on Blu-Ray yet. This is a very entertaining film and I think one of Ron Howards best. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rocky
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the watch
    entertaining movie with an outstanding cast. Would recommend to anyone
    Published 1 month ago by J. Geary
    4.0 out of 5 stars One to Make us Laugh
    I almost gave this a three, because of the overuse of a certain word. My goodness; enough is enough. Aside from that it is a great movie to watch for entertainment purposes. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mickey
    5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for someone
    This was a gift for my sis, since she said it was one of her favorite movies. I saw it years ago and enjoyed it then. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by K. Jones
    4.0 out of 5 stars Watch for the good journalism scenes
    Several of the journalism scenes in "The Paper" in what ultimately has to be deemed a soap opera are pitch perfect.
    Published 5 months ago by Steven Mark Klein
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