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on 28 October 2000
This movie has Keaton enjoying himself as the newspaper man trying to live up to his principles (journalist's principles!), balancing his ambition with the needs of his heavily pregnant (and ambitious) journalist wife (Tomei). Full of very cleaver moments, excellent casting and superb acting from a highly professional cast list. All benefit from the light touch of the one and only Ron Howard (Ritchie Cunningham in Happy Days)in the director's chair. This movie is a joy to watch, with some brilliant touchs but does not challenge the brain too much. If you like interlinking stories/characters coming together into a grand finale, then don't miss The Paper. For Tomei fans then this is the lady at her comic/dramatic peak although far from the depth of her later work. A very good buy.
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on 3 February 2014
An early Ron Howard Film with an interesting Cast about a life in the day of a New York Newspaper.
The problem is the Screenplay. It's under-developed and scoots about from one story-line & character to the next in an unfulfilling way.
Keaton is quite good though mis-cast, Duvall is - as always - excellent, Close is - well - just Glenn Close really, but there's some lovely supporting performances amongst the cast.
It doesn't work but it's a valiant effort.
If you see it on telly and you've got nothing to do, give it a go.
Otherwise, save or divert your pennies elsewhere.
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on 5 March 2015
A brilliant film. A must for anyone who is sceptical about the media and how it works. There is some ripe language in it, but always funny. MIcahel Keaton is a genius.
Thank you for the prompt delivery and the new copy.
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on 31 July 2016
This is a review of the DVD not the film. The film itself gets FOUR STARS.

The DVD gets ONE STAR as this release lacks anamorphic widescreen meaning you have to zoom in to watch it in its intended aspect ratio on a widescreen TV. Doing so highlights the poor quality picture quality which is nothing more than marginally better than old VHS.
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on 25 November 2011
24 hours in the day of a New York tabloid newspaper! After two young African-Americans are arrested for the racial killing of two white businessmen, the news editor (Michael Keaton) gets a tip that the boys are innocent and the cops know it. The next 24 hours are spent trying to get an inside police source to confirm this and break the story before the other papers get it. Apparently, the director Ron Howard did a lot of research before shooting the film but you'd never know it from the trite dialog or the nonsensical situations the characters find themselves in. Keaton's not a strong enough actor to make his glib newspaper man believable though to be fair, he seems to be playing it strictly as a comedy while some of the other actors like Robert Duvall and Glenn Close manage to balance both the comedic and dramatic elements in their characters and story elements. The film's fast pacing and rapid fire overlapping dialog indicate Howard was highly influenced by Howard Hawks' classic 1940 newspaper comedy HIS GIRL FRIDAY. Randy Newman did the spare score. With Jason Robards, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid, Jason Alexander, Catherine O'Hara, Spalding Gray, Lynne Thigpen, Jill Hennessy and William Prince.

The Universal DVD from Great Britain is a solid transfer and (unlike its full frame U.S. counterpart) in its proper wide screen (1.85) ratio.
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on 26 March 2006
This is probably not a masterpiece but it is a good film. It shows with some realism the hectic life journalism leads to. To be a journalist is to have a completely crazy life in which family, friends, regularity are dreams you cannot in any way respect or just entertain. That kind of atmosphere has already been shown and used in other films. But this film insists on the social, moral and human responsibility that a journalist must live for and with : never tell something that is not true if you know it is not true, in one word you must never lie. You might be wrong, misinformed or many other things but what you publish you must believe - and even know - it is the truth. Then to pair this fight for journalistic ethics to the birth of one's own son or child, is a marvellous idea. For a journalist it is the most important and most exhilarating fact in life to be told his or her article is the truth, especially if it enables two young black teenagers to be freed and exonerated from a false accusation. This kind of film should be shown to all our young people for them to learn that what is important in life is not money, nor what they believe in or think, but only what is true, and that a man must be absolutely free to tell the truth, all the truth, nothing but the truth.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Université Paris Dauphine, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
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Tragically underrated look at the death of news. Michael Keaton plays one of the last of the old school journalists working in a world driven by corporate profits. The film is a tale of how those profits come before actually telling the truth.
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on 17 August 2010
A great film well worth the modest purchase price. My husband, an ex-journalist, said so much of it was spot on, especially the 'special chair' disappearing! Loved it.
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on 17 April 2016
Wow again they cut the 5 minutes away from the original film.

I want to cut the UK company's hand away just like they did to this dvd.
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on 21 September 2014
A brilliant story but watch out that it isn't an American copy because if it is it won't play on your dvd player
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