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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. H...
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CastLynne Thigpen
DirectorRon Howard
Release Date:  1994
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Universal Studios Home Video (November 18, 1997)
Runtime:  1hr 52min
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review by . May 27, 2000
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Pros: Keaton and Close - explosive!     Cons: Not enough Quaid     This bad boy is listed as a drama but frankly it was as much comedy as drama to me. First you have a flagging tabloid, looking for an editorial break to release it from the gutter and put it on the top shelf. Then you have two black boys arrested for the murder of a car full of white businessmen (well, if they were attorneys ..... ) and the tabloid trying to get the hard story line on these …
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