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The Paper (1994)

Michael Keaton , Glenn Close , Ron Howard  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 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 (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219571
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,384 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
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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great film by Howard. August 10, 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Film!! November 6, 2004
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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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 15 days 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 22 days ago by Steven Mark Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and enthralling
I chose five stars because, in spite of a few lapses, the plot and acting are great. The cast of good actors and good directing pushed a four star screen play into a top rating.
Published 29 days ago by Richard F. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama with some humor
This movie has an all-star cast and, I think, accurately represents some tabloid newspapers. I contrast this movie with "All the President's Men" with Jason Robards... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey J. Kemp
3.0 out of 5 stars Screen image trimmed WAY to much
I love the movie but too much of the screen image has been trimmed off. I don't get it. No need for butchery. Minus -2 stars for the image problem.
Published 2 months ago by emg55
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have journalism movie
I teach journalism and am a journalist. If you're either, you must have this movie in your collection. If you're neither, it's still an excellent movie.
Published 2 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT
I love this movie. It is cool how the entire movie takes place in one day of the life of a Newspaper reporter. I can watch this again and again.
Published 2 months ago by Christina Rousseau
5.0 out of 5 stars when Newspaper was king
The acting is spot on. But what really makes this comedy unusual is its accuracy in depicting what old-time newsrooms were like -- reason enough to give it the highest rating.
Published 3 months ago by Diane Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
comedy, drama, love, what more can you ask for a movie
great characters and plot twists, you must see it
Published 3 months ago by Sheree A. Legro
5.0 out of 5 stars For someone who has it all.
My brother and I love these types of movies. Since Christmas is coming up I thought this would be a cool movie for me to purchase for my brother who wants for nothing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cortny jarrell
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