The Paperboy Soundtrack
Songs from the movie The Paperboy:
Whistling In The Dark – Nona Hendryx
Jimmy Mack – Martha And The Vandellas
Soul Strokes – Sidney Pinchback And The Schiller Street Gang
Love And Happiness – First Choice
Take The Night Off – Labelle
I Just Wanna Wanna – Linda Clifford
Still Water (Love) – The Four Tops
The Nitty Gritty – Gladys Knight
Show And Tell – Al Wilson
A Man In A Trenchcoat – Labelle
Lucky In Love – Eddie Bo
(Loving Him Is) Dangerous – William D. Jolly
Crumbs Off The Table – Laura Lee
Wedding March – Felix Mendessohn (Arranged By Mario Grigorov)
Plot: 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 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, Ellen, 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 brought him and Ward up after their mother left them.
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, convicted, and sent to the electric chair. As the credits roll, Anita reveals that Jack never forgot his first love. (Wikipedia)
Cast: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Scott Glenn, Ned Bellamy
Director: Lee Daniels