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The Newton Boys (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 March 1998 (USA)
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The story of the Newton gang, the most successful bank robbers in history, owing to their good planning and minimal violence.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Claude Stanush (based on the book by), Richard Linklater (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Willis Newton
Skeet Ulrich ... Joe Newton
Ethan Hawke ... Jess Newton
Gail Cronauer ... Ma Newton
Jena Karam Jena Karam ... Orphan Singer
Casey McAuliffe Casey McAuliffe ... Orphan Singer
Regina Mae Matthews Regina Mae Matthews ... Orphan Fiddler
Lew Temple ... Waiter
Dwight Yoakam ... Brentwood Glasscock
Charles Gunning Charles Gunning ... Slim
Glynn Williams Glynn Williams ... Farmer Williams
Charles 'Chip' Bray Charles 'Chip' Bray ... Bank Teller
Chloe Webb ... Avis Glasscock
Gary Moody Gary Moody ... Crooked Banker
Julianna Margulies ... Louise Brown
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Storyline

Four Newton brothers are a poor farmer family in the 1920s. The oldest of them, Willis, one day realizes that there's no future in the fields and offers his brothers to become a bank robbers. Soon the family agrees. They become very famous robbers, and five years later execute the greatest train robbery in American history. Written by Anonymous

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History is about to catch up with America's most successful bank robbers. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence including bloody aftermath of a shooting, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Newton fiúk See more »

Filming Locations:

Martindale, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,010,245, 29 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,297,897, 17 May 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie it is portrayed that Frank Hamer arrested Jess Newton. In reality it was his brother Harrison Hamer that made the arrest. See more »

Goofs

After the armoured car robbery, when the boys stop the car and fight about why it had gone so badly, a modern day wheelchair-access drop-down curb is seen. During the 20s, no such curb would have existed. They would have been straight across. See more »

Quotes

Louise: I thought you said you didn't smoke.
Willis Newton: I didn't say I didn't smoke, I said it's a waste of time.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits play the way they would in a film made durring the silent and early sound period (1920-1940). See more »

Connections

Features Greed (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

Jazz Me Blues
Written by Tom Delaney
Performed by Bad Livers
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Linklater...He knows how to do it
27 July 2005 | by jpschapiraSee all my reviews

"The Newton Boys" begins as an old movie, with old wasted colors, kind of black and white. This is the way we meet the players (what actually are the actors), and together with a very happy music (that also seemed old), the credits are simple; maybe boring. "If the movie is in black and white, I won't watch it", said my friend Matías. In fact, the movie started and it was in colors, and very nice colors by the way.

We see Willis Newton (Matthew McConaughey) and before we notice we are in Texas; with the horses, ranches, and the cowboys that always seem good people when they mostly do bad things. Maybe it is because we love to hear them talking, and the cast of this movie is very convincing in that aspect. Soon Willis encounters two younger guys, riding some difficult horses. These are Jesse and Joe Newton (Ethan Hawke and Skeet Ulrich), also cowboys and Willis' brothers. Now we're living the true story of the Newton Brothers.

With the help of Brentwood Glasscock (Dwight Yoakam), alias Glass, and later with the last brother Dock's (Vincent D'Onofrio) collaboration, Willis and his gang robbed a lot of banks and one train that got them to their end. Well, not their end because, unlike any regular cowboy, the Newtons reached ages surpassing the 70 years.

With his writing partners, director Richard Linklater created his adapted vision of the story, located in the pages of Claude Stanush's book. His own vision of these enchanting cowboys that made up stories to beautiful women, drank a lot and lived a full life. Stanush, Linklater and Clark Walter achieved something wild in terms of screenplay, because I'm not sure if a man could live the situations these characters experience, but who knows? In other cowboy movies like "American Outlaws" these things occur, and it's all about the characters. In "Outlaws" it was the excellent Colin Farrell, now it is a whole talented ensemble.

I'm a fan of Richard Linklater's work. And admirer of his camera, settings, colors...The respect he has for his colorful characters, without caring how surreal they can be at times, when he is telling a real story. Led by McConaughey's Willis (who makes a more charismatic leading man than Farrell), usual in Linklater's filmography, Ethan Hawke follows, in good shape as always; he commits more with Linklater than with any director. Then we have a gifted Skeet Ulrich in one of his most natural and charming performances; he isn't getting many jobs today, but here it was a great work. As always, Vincent D'Onofrio sticks to what is requested of him. It is also to notice Dwight Yoakam's efforts, in his most remarkable appearance; now I won't forget about him. Everyone else fulfills, and the women I was talking about, Louise Brown has an important part, played convincingly by the always good Julianna Margulies.

It was some weeks ago, that a friend of mine told me he did a work about a director's filmography. He had chosen Woody Allen. I hadn't done the work, but he asked me: "Who would you choose?". "Richard Linklater", I answered.


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