The Paper

1994, Drama, 1h 50m

34 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Fast and frenetic, The Paper captures the energy of the newsroom thanks to its cast and director on first-rate form. Read critic reviews

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Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) is an editor at the New York Sun, a tabloid paper facing financial cuts. His pregnant wife, Martha (Marisa Tomei), pleads with him to get a more respectable job so he can spend more time with his family. Hackett is considering an offer from another paper, with fewer hours and higher pay, when he gets his hottest story in years. When this scoop leads to a burst of violence and a conflict with his new boss, Alicia (Glenn Close), he faces a startling moment of truth.

Cast & Crew

Michael Keaton
Henry Hackett, Metro Editor New York Sun
Glenn Close
Alicia Clark, Managing Editor New York Sun
Robert Duvall
Bernie White, Editor New York Sun
Marisa Tomei
Martha Hackett
Randy Quaid
Michael McDougal
Jason Robards
Graham Keighley
Jason Alexander
Marion Sandusky, New York Parking Commissioner
Spalding Gray
Paul Bladden, New York Sentinel
Lynne Thigpen
Janet, Henry's Secretary
Clint Howard
Ray Blaisch
William Prince
Howard Hackett
Augusta Dabney
Sarah Hackett
Jill Hennessy
Deanne White
David Koepp
Screenwriter
Stephen Koepp
Screenwriter
Todd Hallowell
Executive Producer
Dylan Sellers
Executive Producer
Randy Newman
Original Music
John Seale
Cinematographer
Dan Hanley
Film Editor
Mike Hill
Film Editor
Todd Hallowell
Production Design
Maher Ahmad
Art Direction
Debra Schutt
Set Decoration
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Audience Reviews for The Paper

  • Feb 18, 2013
    Bernie: Well, you're in management now. If everybody loved you, you'd be doing something wrong. "A behind-the-line look at work, marriage, and other forms of combat." The Paper is a decent workplace, comedy/drama from Ron Howard that features a long and impressive cast. While this movie doesn't quite leap off the screen at you, it was still pretty good in it's own right. Normally Ron Howard tends to be pretty hit and miss, and with this one, it's right on the edge of being either hit or miss. It's not good enough to call it a clear success, but it is good enough to say that he didn't miss.  Henry is an editor at the New York Sun newspaper and he has a busy day ahead of him. He has an interview at the Sentinel, which is offering him a job that would pay more. He also is trying figure out how to put together a worthy cover story after missing on yesterday's. He has to fight time, a pregnant wife, a colleague, and still manage to get the paper out on time and make sure he's running the correct story. While The Paper may come off as just another dull and unexciting workplace movie, I somehow found just enough enjoyment from it. It had just enough funny and smart parts to make up for a lot of dull and boring parts. The movie kind of plays like a lesser and lighter form of Broadcast News.  I'm gonna give this one a mild recommendation. The movie is most worth it for the cast. Although no one is giving one of the best performances of their careers, this huge and star studded cast makes seeing this movie worth it. Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Randy Quaid, and many more faces you'll be sure to recognize. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    The Paper ended up being much better than I thought. It takes a boring subject like news and made it interesting and also showed me the inside work of a newspaper, but its also at times very weird and does not realize what it is.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2011
    Incredibly dated but the solid cast keeps in interesting.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2007
    Lots of big name stars... some not even listed here such as Jason Alexander from Seinfeld. Even with all this brilliant acting power in one movie, they could not salvage the lame writing and stupid plot.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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