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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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 »


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Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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10 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,819,485 (USA)
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At the end of every week, the newsies took it upon themselves to torment director Kenny Ortega. When an upturned bucket of water missed its mark, Christian Bale and David Moscow soaked him with, as Ortega described it, "Water Uzis." See more »

Goofs

When Jack, David, and Les go to their house, Sarah picks up a fork before gives Jack the plate with the cake. In the next shot she has to pick up the fork off the table and give it to Jack. See more »

Quotes

Kid Blink: Hey bummas, we'se got work to do!
Specs: Since when did you become me mudda?
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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 »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Babe Ruth Story (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

ONCE AND FOR ALL
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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Excellent Movie
5 August 2004 | by (ontario, canada) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie for people of all ages. It has historical information presented in a fun, and exciting way that keeps viewers entertained throughout. It is a brilliant musical filled with catchy tunes by Academy Award Winner Alan Menken, that wrote songs for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, that keep you humming and singing even after the movie is over. Great dialogue between characters and fantastic dance sequences. The Newsies is filled with a incredibly talented cast, including Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Gabriel Damon, Max Casella, Aaron Lohr, Ann-Margaret, David Moscow, and much more. Overall, a very entertaining movie, highly recommended for everyone!!!


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