The Paperboy



As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.

  1. Peter Dexter

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Lee Daniels

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Zac Efron

    Zac Efron

    Jack Jansen

  2. Matthew McConaughey

    Matthew McConaughey

    Ward Jansen

  3. Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman

    Charlotte Bless

  4. David Oyelowo

    David Oyelowo

    Yardley Acheman

  5. John Cusack

    John Cusack

    Hillary Van Wetter

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The Paperboy
The Paperboy



Status Released

Release Information

  • October 5, 2012


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 47m

Budget $12,500,000.00

Revenue $1,353,868.00

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