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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219571
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Paper" on IMDb

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    Product Description

    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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    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

    Customer Reviews

    Very well done, funny, and good plot.
    Suzanne S.
    The Paper is one of those films that seems to get better with each viewing.
    e. verrillo
    Great all star cast with a wonderful performance by Michael Keaton.
    Rebecca Estrada

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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 22, 2005
    Format: DVD
    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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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Gidusko on August 31, 2001
    Format: DVD
    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 By Kenneth J Newquist on October 3, 2000
    Format: DVD
    Want to know what its *really* like to work for a newspaper? Then see this movie. The characters *are* sterotypical, with the grumpy old senior editor and the zany columnist, but you know what? That's exactly what real newspapers are like.
    Some scenes are classics, like when Michael Keaton's character is constantly scrounging for quarters to buy a coke, or when one of the editors is complaining because he wants a specially-designed chair because of his bad back.
    I was a reporter when I saw this movie, and I instantly recognized all these characters as variations on the folks I worked with every day. The maniac energy, the ethical criseses, the occasional editor who lives beyond his/her means -- all this stuff really does happen.
    Anyone who's serious about being a reporter must rent both this and "All the President's Men".
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on November 6, 2004
    Format: DVD
    I realy enjoyed this film with it's funny poigant look at life, work, love and making it all work. Michael Keaton realy outdoes himself in a funny but demanding role as a workaholic metro editor for a Newspaper who is prssured by his pregnant wife to take a cushier desk job at a rival newspaper, and at the same time going head to head with a no nonsense managing editor played by Glen Close on a story about two black youths who he beleives are innocent in a double murder that could start a race war. The movie moves from comedy to drama back to comedy that it keeps your attention for nealy two hours. And how often you see great acting talent like this film showcases. Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, SEINFELD'S Jason Alexander and the late Jason Robards. The Paper Is a great film filled such intensity it's impossible to overlook this film.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
    Format: VHS Tape
    This movie doesn't insult your intelligence -- if you're a quick thinker, able to comprehend and eager to move on to the next point -- this one'll give you a run for your money. I think Glenn Close was an odd choice (although well-acted), but wonderfully manic Keaton and the always charming Tomei make up for any initial discomfort. I highly recommend this lightning-fast portrayal of a virtue long-gone -- ethical journalism. OK, it's trite, but this is truly a must-see.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Bills on August 10, 2005
    Format: DVD
    This Ron Howard Film is so good and so fun to watch that you don't realize how long it is. Time is a virtue here. This great casts Glenn Close, Robert Duval, Randy Quaid, Marissa Tormei, and others who are good at their craft. Keaton works for a certain newspaper and likes his job. A lot of fun here from Keaton. I think it is one of his best roles ever! Don't miss this great film. I own this one. A Great film by Howard.
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