The Paper (1994)

RON HOWARD

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is the subject of this fast-paced comedy/drama. He has to contend with a hot, breaking story involving a murder in downtown New York, a bitchy editor (Glenn Close) who prefers sales over integrity, a severely pregnant wife (Marisa Tomei) who goes into labour, and an interview with a swanky newspaper for a job that could change his life forever. Featuring quick, relentless editing and tight direction by Ron Howard, this one gets so intense it will leave you with an ulcer.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Song (“Make Up Your Mind”)

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