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The Paperboy (2012)

The Paperboy (2012)

aka The Paperboy

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Details: 0 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Ward Jansen
Small Charlotte Bless
Small Hillary Van Wetter
No_movie_poster Ellen Guthrie
No_movie_poster Death Row Guard
No_movie_poster Tyree van Wetter
Small Jennifer
Small Nancy
Small W.W. James
Small Yardley Acheman
Small Jack Jansen


Small Lee Daniels Director
Small Lee Daniels Production
No_movie_poster Ed Cathell III Production
No_movie_poster Hilary Shor Production
No_movie_poster Cassian Elwes Production
Small Lee Daniels Writer
No_movie_poster Joe Klotz Editing


An idealistic reporter and his brother, Ward Jansen and Jack Jansen, investigate the events surrounding a murder in an effort to exonerate a man on death row, Hillary van Wetter. Van Wetter has been jailed for the murder of an unscrupulous local sheriff, Thurmond Call. Call had previously stomped van Wetter's handcuffed cousin to death. Van Wetter is now on death row and awaiting execution. The Jansens are helped by Ward's colleague, Englishman Yardley Acheman, and Charlotte Bless, a woman whom van Wetter has never met but who has fallen in love with him and is determined that he should be released and that they should marry. In prison van Wetter regularly receives correspondence from her.

Charlotte tries to prove van Wetter's innocence by requesting the help of Ward and Yardley, who are both investigative reporters from the Miami Times and are hungry for a salacious story. Ward returns to his hometown to investigate the case but has mixed feelings about returning home to his estranged father, and his father's new girlfriend, Nancy, who distribute the Miami Times in their town. The Jansen brothers dislike their father's new girlfriend. Jack is the paperboy after having been expelled from college for vandalism. His only real friend is the family maid, Anita, who had brought him and Ward up after their mother had left.

The evidence against van Wetter is inconsistent and the writers are confident that if they can expose van Wetter as a victim of redneck justice then their story will benefit them greatly. Meanwhile, Jack has fallen in love with Charlotte who only desires van Wetter. Anita realizes that Jack can never stop thinking of Charlotte as she is his first love. One day, with some information from van Wetter, the Jansens travel to the swamp to meet van Wetter's uncle Tyree, who has evidence that van Wetter did not commit the crime.

Ward is revealed to be a closet homosexual when he approaches a pair of sadistic men, who rape and torture him. During Ward's time in the hospital, Yardley prints the news article despite not getting all the facts right. Jack tries to convince Yardley to stop, but instead discovers that Yardley is actually American, having pretended to be English because local black men could not be successful unless they lied about their backgrounds. Yardley had also given Ward sexual favors in return for position in the paper.

Van Wetter is eventually released from prison and takes Charlotte away to the swamp to live with him. She is unhappy and sends a letter to Jack telling how much she hates her new life. During their father's wedding, a recently recovered Ward and Jack go to save Charlotte. However, the escape plan is flawed and Charlotte and Ward are killed by van Wetter, who is then arrested for their murder and executed on the electric chair as planned originally. Towards the end of the story, Anita reveals that Jack never forgot his first love.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2012-11-14 : France

Theatrical : 2012-11-23 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2012-10-05 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2012-10-11 : Croatia

Theatrical : 2012-10-17 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2012-10-17 : France

Theatrical : 2012-10-19 : Canada

Theatrical : 2013-10-25 : Israel

Theatrical : 2012-11-01 : Russia

Theatrical : 2012-11-08 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-11-23 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2012-12-27 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2013-01-04 : Poland

Theatrical : 2013-01-10 : Lebanon

Theatrical : 2013-01-18 : Finland

Theatrical : 2013-01-25 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2013-02-28 : Australia

Theatrical : 2013-03-07 : Greece

Theatrical : 2013-03-14 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2013-03-15 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2013-03-15 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2013-04-04 : Chile

Theatrical : 2013-05-09 : Argentina

DVD : 2013-01-22 : United States of America

DVD : 2013-03-13 : Sweden

2012-05-24 : France

2012-07-13 : Israel

2012-08-02 : Poland

2012-09-14 : Canada

2012-10-03 : United States of America

2012-11-01 : Finland

2012-11-09 : Sweden

2012-11-26 : Greece

2013-02-27 : Serbia