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Newsies (1992)

PG  |   |  Drama, Musical  |  10 April 1992 (USA)
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A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trey Parker ...
Dominic Maldonado ...
Matthew Schoenfeld ...
Snipeshooter (as Matthew Fields)
Mark David ...
Ivan Dudynsky ...


July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) organizes a newsboys' strike. With David Jacobs (David Moscow) as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed found the strength to band together and challenge the powerful. Written by Kaitlin Dwyer Rankins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They Found The Courage To Challenge The Powerful! (DVD release) See more »


Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Newsboys  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$2,819,485 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the newsies depicted in the film are based on real people from the strike such as Spot Conlon, Racetrack Higgins, Kid Blink. Jack Kelly, however, is a fabrication, though he may have been based on the real Kid Blink, who was accused of being bribed by Pulitzer to end the strike. David is most probably based on Morris Cohen, the other leader of the strike. See more »


When David tries to give back Jack's papers, he offers him less than half his stack. However, Jack bought him 50 papers, whereas David bought only 20 papers. See more »


Racetrack: In 1899, the streets of New York City echoed with the voices of newsies, peddling the papers of Joseph Pulitzer, William Randalph Hearst, and other giants of the newspaper world. On every corner you saw them carrying the banner. Bringing you the news for a penny a pape. Poor orphans and runaways, the newsies were a ragged army without a leader, until one day all that changed.
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits begin rolling, a boy with a newspaper jumps up and the shot freezes on him. At the end of the credits the shot unfreezes and he falls down and rolls on the ground. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio (2009) See more »


Written by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by Christian Bale
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A Thousand Fans. One Great Film.
3 January 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

"Newsies" is one of the few Disney films that can be classified as 'great'. What makes it even more amazing is the fact that, although it's a Disney movie and based on actual events, it actually stays very close to what actually happened. (Who would've thought?) The movie has a very good script, great acting, and music that make even the biggest musical-hater tapping his/her feet. Add into this mix show-stopping choreography, humor, and some of the best actors and actresses you can find anywhere, and you will see why this movie has generated more fans than any other movie in history.

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