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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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Matthew Schoenfeld ...
Snipeshooter (as Matthew Fields)
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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

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A Thousand Voices. A Single Dream. 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?


This movie was a critical and commercial flop upon its initial theatrical release. However, it gathered a cult following after its home video release, eventually made its filming budget back on rentals, and was deemed popular enough to be adapted into a stage musical, which premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in 2011. The musical had music and lyrics by Alan Menken (who composed the movie's music as well) and Jack Feldman (the movie's lyricist), and a new book by playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein. This musical moved to Broadway in March 2012 and closed over two years later; a North American tour also launched in 2014. See more »


When Jack is singing Santa Fe he jumps on the horse and takes off, his hat is off. Then when he turns the corner his hat is back on for him, just to take it off again while riding the horse. See more »


Dutchy: [finishing up painting a strike sign] So'd I spell it right, Kloppman?
Kloppman: [reads over the sign and nods] Very good, that's very good.
Dutchy: [proudly] Strike.
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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: Matthew McConaughey/Adele (2015) See more »


Written by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Performed by the Newsies Ensemble and Bill Pullman, Christian Bale, David Moscow and Ele Keats
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Fantastic Film!
24 December 2004 | by (Colorado, United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this film! We had used a dance number from it for a musical I was in and we watched the film at out cast party. I had heard my friends talk about this film before but had never watched it. I love the story and everything about this film! The songs are so catchy, my personal favourites are Carrying The Banner, King of New York, and Seize the Day. My favourite characters are Mush, Jack, Les, Crutchy and David. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes musicals and good songs. Alan Menkin wrote most of the music and he was the one who wrote the music for The Little Mermaid so you know it has to be good! After watching this movie for the first time, I asked for it as a Christmas present. I also bought the soundtrack so that I could listen to the songs wherever I went. I love this musical and it will always be in my top 10 movies list. I don't see how anyone could not like this movie. I've never met anyone who hasn't liked it yet. Kind of like the same thing with the Princess Bride. I don't a single person who doesn't like this movie! I give it 10 stars!!!

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